“The beginning of love is the will to let those we love be perfectly themselves, the resolution not to twist them to fit our own image. If in loving them we do not love what they are, but only their potential likeness to ourselves, then we do not love them: we only love the reflection of ourselves we find in them”
― Thomas Merton, No Man Is an Island
We hope all of you had a love filled Christmas with friends and family. There are two more days left of this year. How will you spend them? We like to use these last couple of days to stop and reflect on our accomplishments, failures, challenges, wishes and goals.
One of our biggest goals for the upcoming year besides farm related matters is to learn to “love”. We know how to love each other, how to love family and friends, but we know nothing about loving our “neighbours”. Our goal is not to judge, or jump into conclusions about people we meet and don’t yet know. Our goal is to be patient and more open minded towards them. Our goal is to treat everyone equally good, no matter who they are or where they come from.
“Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy. That is not our business and, in fact, it is nobody’s business. What we are asked to do is to love, and this love itself will render both ourselves and our neighbours worthy.”
― Thomas Merton
Without love, we have no community. Without community, we have no community supported agriculture. Perhaps this is why we are so intrigued by the CSA, because it gives us a rewarding goal to work towards – to create a community of like minded people to care for each other and for their surroundings.
And since we are on the topic of goals – We are not very good at keeping up with the blog, but writing regular posts is on our new year’s resolution list amongst many other things. Every year we enter into with more ambitious plans for the farm.
We have been working hard on our projections for the next growing season and finishing our seed order. We spend many hours daydreaming of what the farm will look like at the beginning of next summer. We have many beds to build, even more seeds to plant, and a lot of compost to move. Our goal is to have this field filled up with permanent raised beds and one more greenhouse:
Having a farm comes with many challenges and trials. But the reward we get out of it is worth so much more. 2016, here we come.
Happy new year!