Creative Soil

“If your choices are beautiful, so too will you be.”

Epictetus

I recently learned that dirt and soil are not the same things. Dirt is essential dead. It’s like a grumpy college kid who only eats package ramen noodles and bagel bites — over-fertilized, under-nourished and can’t hold it’s water. Soil, on the other hand, is ALIVE. Soil is full of minerals and organic matter.

Plants that grow in soil are more nutrient-rich. Dirt can also grow plants, of course, but it takes larger and larger amounts of fertilizer and the plants have fewer nutrients.

You wonder if the same thing could be applied to us.

Where are your roots growing?
Do you feel creatively nourished?

  • Are you feeding your creative soul with good inputs (books, art, music, ideas, etc)
  • Are you challenging yourself with new experiments and skills?
  • Are you surrounding yourself with smart (cough smarter than yourself cough) creatives who are doing amazing work and want to see you succeed?
  • Are you living a life true to yourself?

The othering interesting (relevant) thing to note is dirt can be revitalized. By adding a little compost (organic matter) back to dirt, it can begin to regenerate and thrive again. 🌱

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #873

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Plantin’ Seeds

Big Redwood Trees
Photo by Josh Carter

If you want to grow a giant redwood, you need to make sure the seeds are ok, nurture the sapling, and work out what might potentially stop it from growing all the way along. Anything that breaks it at any point stops that growth.

Elon Musk

One observation I’ve been appreciating recently is the nuanced, yet powerful force of planting seeds. Our future is built on our past decisions, specifically, all the big and tiny things we agree (or not) during each day.

Everything we do, from how we sit, how we communicate to ourselves, how we eat, to what we read, has a butterflying effect into our future. We are who we are today because of echos from our past, and the echoes from our parents past and beyond.

On the surface, there’s rarely immediacy to planting seeds. They take time, attention, water and sunlight that we could be using elsewhere. And we can’t eat them right away. If we tried, they would be as nutritiously effect to what we are trying to grow.

A conversation here, a habit there… A week goes by and there’s not much to show for it. Progress was made, but it’s often too subtle for us to notice. This is one of the big reasons why most people don’t plant seeds. Growing is slow work. ‘I can’t invest or focus on my future problems, because all of my immediate problems are right now’ — this is something I’ve said others and told myself before.

But immediacy doesn’t equate to priority.

What separates those that do, versus those that don’t is prioritize the future today. A creator creates every day — even if it sucks, because eventually they know their investment will pay off.

Invest in the right things, and the ‘immediate’ things will fade away.

Today is always the best day to do something for tomorrow. Why do tomorrow what you can do today?

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner

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