The Beet Grows On

If you’ve heard about our “great garden saga of 2014“, the latest chapter was a not-so-freak-these-past-few-years snowstorm two weeks ago.

What greens were making their way back from the decimating hailstorm last month suddenly found themselves blanketed by a foot of heavy, wet snow and sub-freezing temperatures. (Remember, this is September!)


Garden 2014 - In The Snow


Snow melting over the following days revealed a soggy, sad mess.

All that remained was to wait for the dirt to dry enough so harvesting could begin.


Then late last week I noticed the upright jungle of beet leaves in the garden.

As were the carrots and onions.

Even a few potato plants and remaining clumps of lettuce were doing their best to reach tall towards the sun.



Garden 2014 - After The Snow


As long as these plants had life in them, nothing was going to get in the way of them growing.


I shouldn’t have been surprised when the connections to inner callings and purpose popped up, because that’s a lot like the way they work for us.

As long as there’s Life in you, you’re drawn – compelled – to pursue the path despite everything that’s thrown at you.

The calling never stops pulling at you,

even when doing your utmost to push it away

even when you don’t know or can’t hear

even when you’re ready to throw up your hands and scream “I give already!”


The calling never stops.

You. will. find. a. way.

Because that’s when you are most you.


You might be inclined to say that’s what passion is about.

I see passion a bit differently, perhaps best described as the difference between lust and love.


Passion is more like lust.

There’s a high, a wave of energy to ride feeling much like an adrenalin rush.

When the lust passion is over and the drudgery sets in, then what do you have?


Calling is more like love.

After the shiny stuff wears off, you’re left with a deep knowing this. is. your. it.

Lust Passions may come and go, but you’re in this for the long haul.

You’re all. in. with everything you have until the end.

Even through the crap that gets thrown your way, you’re in.

Because this is who you were meant to be.

Til death do you part.


While the purpose and calling of a beet and a head of lettuce might seem overly simplistic, in the end that is our purpose too –

to live full out, to bring the full expression of ourselves into everything we do.

The ultimate purpose and calling of Life is to simply be ever more You.


Are there things you find drawn to, like a moth to flame, no matter how many hurdles you encounter? Do certain things keep appearing in your life that you can’t ignore?




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Lorraine Watson - on rustic porch

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Crazy for cats and potatoes, Lorraine's insatiable curiosity of Life leads her to question, explore and push beyond the box. A self-professed "left-brained creative big picture" type, she has an intuitive knack for seeing beyond and beneath first appearances while at the same time nerding out on the details. Most of all she sees and holds others in their highest until they can see it for themselves.

1 Comment

  1. Sandra Vandenhoff on September 23, 2014 at 8:00 am

    “Because that’s when you are most you.” I never thought of it that way before. Hmmm…. Thank you.

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