"What we plant in the soil of contemplation, we shall reap in the harvest of action."
--- Mesiter Eckhart
My one-little-word thoughts have been taking me in a . . . harvest-y kind of direction this past month. I've learned many things over the past 10 months, playing around with the word root. Now that we're nearing the end of the year, I'm thinking about how I might gather up the thoughts, inspiration, and "learnings" I've experienced.
Hmmm. . .
How to store and preserve what I've gleaned?
I'm thinking I need a . . .
(Get it? A ROOT cellar.)
(I crack myself up sometimes.)
After all, a root cellar is just a cool and dry storage location for all that you've grown and gathered, helping you maintain a level of freshness and accessibility for your harvest through the cold and dark months ahead.
So . . . I'm creating a metaphorical root cellar for myself . . . to store away all of the things I want to preserve and remember in the future. Things I want to keep close at hand - safe and dry and cool - and ready to use whenever I feel the need.
What's going in my root cellar?
- Root Vegetables . . . those lessons grown deep underground that I've harvested over the past year, providing me with sustenance for the days ahead.
- Jars of Preserves . . . the bounty of past "learnings," preserved and ready to carry me forward to enjoy in future days.
- Dried Herbs . . . ideas from the past year that can continue seasoning the new "dishes" I plan to try in the days ahead.
- Flower Seeds and Bulbs . . . inspiration that I can plant and grow to encourage colorful new blooms in my garden next season.
- Bottles of Wine and Home Brew . . . to celebrate the harvest and a successful season, of course!
I've got some work to do!
If you've had a word in your life this year, how do you plan to "preserve" your experience?