Finding Better Seeds: The Acres Have Been Anything But Idle

| 7/13/2010 7:38:46 PM

A photo of Drew Odom     I ask not for a larger garden, but for finer seeds. – Russell H. Conwell

Many have asked where we have been; Pan and I. We haven’t gone far really. We’ve been enveloped in life as it has happened all around us. Since my last post I have put a few other things up but nothing of dire consequence and nothing more than therapeutic blog posts really. June was a busy a month bringing about another birthday for myself, the passing of my dear Granny Dot, the visitations of all my siblings and their families, mornings in the fields and evenings in the gardens, days spent in the kitchen trying to make sense of it all, and quiet times investing in my wife and our relationship. It has been good and it has been bad, all at once. But it has been life.

I have become more aware with each passing day what I value and what I find trivial; what I want and what I could do without. I have latched on to relationships I had been ignoring and let go of the death grip I had on some toxic people that were lingering for sheer nostalgia sake. And I came across a quote that summed my entire heart up.

Russell Conwell was the son of Yankee, Massachusetts, farmers. He fought for the Union Army in the Civil War. He attended Yale University. He was a Baptist Minister and a practicing attorney. And most importantly he was the founder of what is now Temple University. As one can imagine he was a fantastic orator having penned several memorable lectures and sermons and authoring even more well known quotes. But perhaps none so beautiful as the one above.

In my life I have made mistakes, and I have been redeemed. I have been greedy, and I have been broke. I have held thousands of dollars, and I have begged for change. But now I sit comfortably at a place I am proud of. I am wealthy though I have no more money than I did year ago. I have dreams, but I am grounded in reality. In essence, I would love a bigger garden. But I am perfectly happy with just having finer seeds.

My grandmother? An heirloom seed indeed. She produced blooms and flowers unparalleled in my book. My wife? An organic gem cracking open with purity and wholesomeness. My parents – hearty and strong – are seeds that have taken time to germinate but have become all the more rewarding because of it. And me? Well, I cringe to say it but do so with honesty; a GM seed. Not born into this whole gardening scene and certainly not raised with dirt under my nails but capable of adapting to the land and the surrounding and ultimately bringing about a crop and a sustenance, nonetheless.

7/16/2010 10:10:06 AM

@Shannon - First of all, thank you for your support and your readership. To answer your question? Well, I don't know really. In my life I have noticed that the frenzy of life and the uncertainty of it all is a fear motivator. As a young man I was afraid to miss things. I was afraid of not being on the cusp of everything. I wanted to be leading the pack by any means. As I have gotten older though I have realized that life is my parade and as long as I believe so, well, I am always out in front leading. We are taught greed from the cradle. For birthdays and Christmas we are given presents. They are OUR toys. They are OUR clothes. We behave as children and we are rewarded? Why? Because we are. It is that simple. We don't always behave because that is what is expected of us. We behave so we can consume a reward. As we get older though I think we realize the reward is actually in the behavior; discipline, respect, kindness, patience, etc.

S.M.R. Saia
7/16/2010 10:05:59 AM

Drew, why is it that it takes us such a long time to understand and appreciate what's important in life, to get comfortable with its rhthyms, and to realize just how much of what we think is important or real when we are younger is really just so much static and distraction? I really get where you're coming from in this post, as I've been spending a lot of time there lately myself - particularly thinking about the meaning and implications of both greed and plenty. Thanks so much for being so willing to share your inner life. I always enjoy your posts.

7/16/2010 8:30:25 AM

@Cindy - Thank you for the sweet sentiment and the birthday wishes. I truly appreciate it.

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