Cultivate

There are times to produce

and there are times to consume.

I am called to balance both

I cannot just create,

I cannot just devour,

the fruit is not the harvest.

Neither needs nor wants make it –

to give and give harms,

to take and take hurts,

the fruit is to cultivate.

There are times to produce

and there are times to consume.

If I spend all my time selling,

my soul does not profit.

If I spend all my time buying,

my heart does not swell.

Life and love are not transactional –

the hunter accepts what is found,

the gatherer embraces what is held –

cultivation enjoys relationship

There are times to produce

and there are times to consume.

Published by carlfmaulbeck

In the movie "Harvey", Elwood P Dowd, played by Jimmy Stewart, explains coping with the world this way: "Years ago my mother used to say to me, she'd say, 'In this world, Elwood, you must be' - she always called me Elwood - 'In this world, Elwood, you must be oh so smart or oh so pleasant.' Well, for years I was smart. I recommend pleasant. You may quote me." Well, for years I was smart, oh so very smart, I too recommend pleasant - Trust the harmony

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