Report From PIA – December 9
This morning I woke up and saw a slight coating of snow. Truthfully, my first reaction was to think, “This is nice; enough snow to change the landscape, but not enough to shovel.”
I love snow and how it transforms the garden and daily life, but my initial response was not wanting to be inconvenienced. Throughout the day I thought about this. Our culture encourages us to value effortlessness above everything else. Convenience stores, instant coffee, fast food, and commercials that promise easy-everything have lulled us into thinking that ease is all.
Perhaps the huge interest in low-maintenance gardening is really a desire not to be bothered by weeding or pruning. Those who want a quick, no-fail approach to insects or diseases (i.e. synthetic pesticides) are seeking not to be troubled by nature’s cycles.
Not to self: next time I wake up and wonder if the snow will: 1. Make me late to work, 2. Be deep enough to need shoveling, or 3. Change my plans and expectations; remember that life isn’t about convenience. Living concerns the entire experience: work, rest, upset, simplicity, effort, joy, and tragedy. Oh yes… and ease.