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Time for Tending

“It’s a question of discipline,” the little prince told me. “When you’ve finished washing and dressing, you must tend your planet.” –  Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

The sun is shining, the air is relatively warm, and a stroll around the back forty (ha! forty would be nice!) reveals that crocuses and other spring green shoots are fighting their way through winter’s dead leaves and other debris. It’s time to tend, time to move or get rid of the stuff that’s in the way to make room for new growth, within and without. It’s a question of discipline.

From the book The Little Prince

Comments on: "Time for Tending" (4)

  1. You had to bring up the “D” word. Discipline. Right smack on top of the time change where we lost an hour of sleep.

    Gotta clean the yard, trim bushes and prune the stalks for roses (they’re stalks, aren’t they?)
    Next, you’ll probably remind us of something called “spring cleaning.” Oh, no!

    michael j


    • I laughed aloud at your comment, Michael! Actually, the messy flowerbeds reminded me about the inner tending – the inner “cleaning up” of the attitudes, habits, etc. that no longer serve us well. Discipline, indeed.


  2. Well put, Katharine! It just feels right to move out the old cobwebs now that we can open the house to the warming air. I’ve been slowly meeting each object in my cottage again, seeing how it’s doing & if it’s still mutually beneficial for us to live together. If not, whisk! Gulp. Out it goes. I can only do the “D” word in small chunks – but hey, better than nothing, eh?


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