I was walking to work with a staff member the other day, when she mentioned that she loves weeding. I actually love weeding too. There is something very satisfying about mindfully pulling unwanted growth from a small plot of land in order to create space for what I really want growing there.
And while I enjoy the meditative aspects of it, I’m also aware that when I’m weeding, I’m literally uprooting life that wants to emerge. As leaders, we often have to uproot things and make courageous choices about letting go of projects, ideas, organizational habits (and yes, sometimes even people) that are impediments to our work being as strong, vibrant and impactful as we want it to be.
It’s Spring — time to ready our gardens. This is a time of potential, of being between things. We know that the peaches and the plums are on their way — we see their blossoms, but don’t yet know how many will ripen, or how sweet they will be. The geese are building their nests and calling to each other, but it will be awhile before we’ll see goslings down by the lake.
There’s a lot on the horizon for those of us leading toward social transformation: elections, campaigns, and possibilities for community building and policy reform. Let’s take a collective breath and consider:
- What do we want to sow now, that will be ready for harvest in six months, a year, or two years?
- Are there “weeds” growing in our organizations or movements that aren’t beneficial to the growth of the whole?
- What nourishment does our leadership “soil” need, so that today’s effort will have the impact we want and will satisfy us when it’s time to harvest?
I am a gardener at heart. I would love to hear about what you’re weeding and planting this spring in the comments below, or send me an email at akaya AT rockwoodleadership DOT org.
From my heart to yours.
Image credit: Peach Blossom via Wikimedia Commons