Report From PIA – October 8
I can’t imagine that there is a person on this planet that hasn’t sown seeds that failed to germinate. I’m not just talking about seeds that grow into plants, but of all the things we try to grow, in and out of our gardens.
A reader of this blog recently sent me an open-hearted and touching email that listed many of the things she’d tried to grow in her 40 odd years that hadn’t developed as she’d hoped they would. I thought, “Yup. I can totally relate to that.”
If I had to list every art exhibit I entered that I didn’t get accepted to, every novel I’ve started, and each book proposal/query I’ve mailed, not to mention the host of other projects and ideas that went only so far and then withered, the list would be long enough to fill this blog for many months to come. Really.
Gardeners learn early on that it’s probably a good idea to focus on those things that did grow, not the seeds or plants that failed to thrive. Although I’ve had many plants that have died or seeds that didn’t sprout, honestly, I’ve probably had greater success in the garden than I have with the things I’ve tried to grow in other areas of my life.
So why keep planting? Why have those ideas, send out those queries, or start a new pursuit? Alfred Lord Tennyson said it best when he wrote, “’Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.” It’s better to have created and failed than to not create/think/dream at all.
There is something so life affirming about trying that it’s preferable to have made that effort than not to have acted. The very act of saying yes to the creative process, of being willing to sow seeds and eager to see if something will germinate, this enthusiasm to grow benefits us in ways that far exceed the results of our actions.
In our willingness to try, in our keenness to sow seeds, we are saying yes to life itself.