Thursday, April 14, 2011


Do seeds experience fear? I think not, but it's a thought that has recently crossed my mind. I've been struggling with my own fears - fears of beginning, fear of making mistakes because you're a newbie. It's caused some writer's block in a school project. If you have experience in something it's much easier to write about. For me, it's gardening and plants. But when I'm  new to a subject, I'm afraid of making mistakes. There it is. Fear of making mistakes. And as I stared at some of the inactive peat pots, the thought that they're afraid to sprout crossed my mind. A close friend of mine reminded me that
"the first time is always the hardest - in science we call it the energy of activation.  It's a known fact that changing movement takes more energy than sustaining it"
Yang burst - that change in movement that drives the seed to spout or the flower to break bud and flower. But it is the burst in spring that takes us into summer.

One more plug for the Smart Gardening Fair. Renee Shepherd will be speaking at the Smart Gardening Fair this Saturday. Find out the real dirt on how the seed business works and which seeds are the best choices for avid gardeners. For more info go to

(Brazenly lifted from the Master Gardener's Facebook page -


Jeannette said...

An imaginative post...

Christine said...

Hi C.C. Glad to see you back in the blogosphere. I too was away for about a year but I'm hoping to keep on top of the blog a little better this year. Of course I don't have as good an excuse as graduate studies keeping me away. I am familiar with the fear of beginning something new/fear of success concept, however. Better to feel afraid than not feel at all though, right? I wish you continued success in your gardening and educational efforts!