Although there has been a small improvement in curriculum with all the talk in education about STEM (science, tech, engineering and math), many of the major concepts in Life – traditionally passed down by two parents and a set of grand parents – has blown-up.
Not that there is much anyone can do about it: With the “free sex” explosion (and birth control) changes in the past 50-years, people have taken the Act of Marriage a lot less seriously, than once held. Result? Soaring divorce rates an d short-changed young people. Me-me’s.
Problem is, young people get put “in the divorce vice” because they end up lacking specific knowledge can be easily addressed in schools, but aren’t. Teachers are teaching to a test score, not over-all success of students. The down-side of metrics.
The “time-gardening” idea, for those who missed it, is one of those cornerstones to a successful life.
The way this works is simple: Whatever you do TODAY will absolutely begin to shape and define what happens to your TOMORROW and long-after that, too.
Let’s go through some examples: Jobs and relationships.
Let’s say you are young – maybe just out of high school, and you’ve gone to work in some trade or craft where you are just getting started. Might be a job like shagging tools for a journeyman; something like that.
The quickest way up the ladder in terms of success is to demonstrate your high value. We already know what constitutes a “high value” employee: Someone who shows up always on-time, or a few minutes early. Great attitude. No whining. And someone who takes an interest in learning the trade.
Say you get a job as a roofer right out of school. Miserably hot job and there are ladders and risks. You never want to see a hot tar bucket catch fire, either.
But you decide that instead of just learning from the one journeyman roofer you’ve been schlepping tar for, you’ll actually read a book on the subject. In no time, you will know more about the job than the “journeyman” and you can then work up to being considered a journeyman in your own right.
Which relates to “time gardening” how?
It begins with showing up for work on time and setting yourself above from “average” young people. Think of this like it’s the basic turning over of soil in the spring.
Then you planted a book (or several) and grew yourself a big crop of knowledge. Which, a bit later in the year, you demonstrate with such skill that the next journeyman hired will just have to be you.
You plant, you tend to business, and then your harvest. Doesn’t happen in a day. Takes a while. Thing is, though, if you want anything to occur in the future, you have to plant it in the past. For like a dear woman (Aunt Adah) made clear to both my buddy the Major and I (when we were young whipper-snappers aged four):
Today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday.
Both the Major and I went on to get masters degrees. We were (and still are) time planters. We did it not because we loved school (though we’re both really good at it) but because it was culturally ground-in that if you want to have a Big Tomorrow, put Small Efforts toward that goal every day.
Teaching My Son to Plant
Part of the reason for sharing this with you is so you can share the idea with others. Because many kids today just don’t “get it.” Even my own son, George_the_Uber_Driver missed elements of it..
Let’s roll time back to last November. G-2 spies a job opening for an EMT on a reservation in North Dakota. He’d have a chance to finish a degree and work on his paramedic cert – and be getting into what is arguably one of the best retirement systems on earth. Feds do take care of their own.
During that time (November to this week) I encouraged G-2 to do a lot more time gardening. Every week, or two, I’d tell him: “You don’t need to go snow camping in the Cascades this weekend. You need to plant more job options in case this one blows up.” I told him.
He finally got sick of it. “Dad, would you just chill? I have been given a verbal offer and told them I would take it…”
That was months ago.
Then, this week, after horrible communication with federal HR (talking to a rock is more productive than talking to federal HR people…they don’t back up emails with a phone calls, or visa versa..) G-2 gets sick of the federal runaround.
Harvest time? G-2 is still grinding for Uber, but now he’s lost 4-5 months when – if he had been time gardening – he could have lined-up many other choices.
Not that he didn’t take care of a lot of other personal loose ends; not saying that. Truth be told, his commitment to excellence in whatever I do – a ground-in family value as well, is why he’s become semi-famous as George_the_Uber_driver and got mentioned in places like Forbes for his ride menu idea.
BUT, now that he wants to harvest the big gig, he has to look back and admit he hadn’t planted anything that bore fruit. Damn – hate it when that happens.
Everyone has this problem, not just my son. Sometimes as a small inconvenience and other times writ large. Just depends on which “things or circumstances” you want to harvest.
Want to “harvest” good health? What do you need to plant and when?
Want to harvest more money? What do you have to do? Do you plant Education> Some investment money? Start your own business?.
Elaine and I realize there will come a time to leave the wonder of the woods and drop into higher population density – we will need more services at some juncture. It’d be nice to live somewhere pizza could be delivered.
Knowing what we want to harvest (in the future) we know what we have to do today – which is in the past for that tomorrow..
Going through 1,500 books, for example. Tweaking and maybe re-tweaking the house, too.
Want a better looking garden? More vegetables out of it? What are the additives we can add to the soil now that will make it more productive and richer one month or one year out?
With this being Easter Weekend? It’s a great time to sit back and behold your personal past and contemplate your future. What do you have planted – or what should you be putting in?
We figure a bit of “time gardening this year” could lead to anyone’s personal situation being risen next Easter. Although YMMV.
Write when you get rich,