Five weeks ago as I was mowing the field behind our house, the engine seized up on my farm tractor. Now, this is not a hobby tool, but rather, one on which I rely very heavily for a multitude of tasks on my Christmas tree farms, as well as around the grounds at Sanctuary. I found myself with an opportunity to form an attitude around this scenario, and I am discovering that the tools that I have acquired over the last couple of decades in AA, LifeStream, MKP and elsewhere have stood me well. One step at a time.
Since I could not do any tractor work, I finally pressure washed the house, a chore I had been avoiding, and one which Mary has been urging for years. Hey, as long as I was at it, I might as well pressure wash the deck. And put preservative on it too! Lookin’ good!
My vegetable garden has never seen so many weeds with the root side up. Yep, more time off the tractor gave me more time in the garden. Those pig weeds didn’t stand a chance. And I put in more rotations of veggies than I can recall!
Sundance arrived two weeks ago, and the grounds were groomed (the riding lawn mower is still functioning!) and ready for bare feet, song and prayer. Two hundred people on the hill, started cool, ended blazing hot, just like the weather man predicted. Since when did he get so accurate?
The crowd is gone, the grounds are cleaned up and looking beautiful, now it’s time to catch up on the jungle that has grown in the plantations. I have my tractor back, engine rebuilt, and my young crew is trimming trees as I stay ahead of them, clearing a path, making it look once again like there is some order to the fields. I take it one row at a time, swarms of insects, too many species to name, getting stirred up by the tractor and mower, hitting me in the face, neck, arms. The swallows love it: meal time, and the menu is varied. I saw two new birds today. Too tired to look them up just now.
The attitude of trust serves me well. I know that it will all get done. I am blessed with patience and a positive attitude. First things first. Keep it simple. Go left foot right foot.