Yesterday, I was removing old and probably diseased leaves from the cucumber plant. In doing so, I discovered a stem close to the base of the plant that had been chewed on. I began removing the damaged portion and to my dismay, I inadvertently removed the whole plant. My heart sank as I realized the trellising cucumber leaves would soon wither and die, along with the young cucumbers. I made a mistake but fortunately, I still have one flourishing cucumber plant remaining and the plant I pulled up did not go to waste. The geese and bunnies at the farm loved the cucumber plant and I enjoyed the crunchy, albeit young cucumbers.
The potential to dwell on this mistake and call myself a terrible gardener existed but instead I chose a learner mindset and chose to reflect on what happened, what my choices were, and what I learned from this experience. There is a similar renewal of the growth mindset taking place in my teaching practice. Friends, I am discovering that one of the beautiful things about being a garden teacher is that as the children and I garden together, we grow together.
Friends, I’d like to share with you one more thing: In a post dated March 29, 2014, I wrote, “You will love teaching again and find fulfillment in the work you do.” Last Friday, the note I placed in my gratitude jar said, “I am thankful for the love shared and felt, and the joy I felt teaching again.” May we find joy and fulfillment in our lives as we continue to connect to our true selves and experience renewal in our hearts and minds. Have a great weekend friends.