A Garden Metaphor on Creativity and Growth Spurts

We have a garden, in fact, we also have a gardening website! In writing an article about tomato plant problems, one of the tomato issues reminded me of a garden metaphor as it relates to growth challenges amongst creators and entrepreneurs.

Something that many creatives and entrepreneurs are good at is uneven growth. We can even appear manic depressive in how we can vacillate between flurries of productivity followed by downtime. Perhaps you’ve experienced that, or know someone who has. Often, our growth fluctuates between the wild Pan spirit of spring growth, and silent solace of the slumbering garden in winter.

“Planting seeds in your garden is like planting thoughts in your mind.  Nourish the good ones and pull out the weeds.”
-LeAura Alderson, GardensAll.com

We have a garden, in fact, we also have a gardening website! In writing an article about tomato plant problems, one of the tomato issues reminded me of a garden metaphor as it relates to growth challenges amongst creators and entrepreneurs.

Uneven Growth

In the garden, a common malady for gardeners growing tomatoes can be cracks on the tomatoes. If you’ve ever grown tomatoes, or purchased home grown tomatoes from the Farmer’s Markets, perhaps you’ve seen or experienced this issue. It turns out that these cracks are caused by growth spurts and uneven growth.

Consistent watering prevents growth cracks. Like creating daily. Creating daily prevents cracks in your momentum and evens out the growth spurts.

Cracks in tomatoes are caused by growth spurts, caused by uneven watering.
~GardensAll.com

 

Cracked tomatoes, a Garden Metaphor – image from aGardenForTheHouse.com

 

Growth Spurts

So growth spurts in nature… in humans… in creatives and entrepreneurs, is normal. Think of nature in spring. It’s like growth on steroids because conditions are perfect for massive growth. It’s the season for growth. However, as the season wears on, too little growth, such as in drought, followed by too much growth, such as with lots of rain, can cause problems in plants.

Like Goldilocks… not too much… not too little, but just right.

Too much work can lead to burn out. Too little effort, can lead to failure. Daily creating is the sweet spot.
~LeAura Alderson, iCreateDaily.com

We have a garden, in fact, we also have a gardening website! In writing an article about tomato plant problems, one of the tomato issues reminded me of a garden metaphor as it relates to growth challenges amongst creators and entrepreneurs.

 

Growth, Creativity and Stability

So, in this garden metaphor, growth spurts—whether in the garden, or in business and in your creative endeavors—are all normal. There are times where it’s naturally easier to be more productive. For example, many writers enjoy winter as a favorite time to hibernate and write. Same thing for artists and crafters. Entrepreneurs hunker down in their business growth. We all have our rhythms in each day and in each year where it’s quieter and better for the inner work, and others when it’s more outwardly active, like a garden in summer.

As in nature, our nature is to also have rhythms and cycles of greater activity, creativity and then rest.
~LeAura Alderson, iCreateDaily.com

We have a garden, in fact, we also have a gardening website! In writing an article about tomato plant problems, one of the tomato issues reminded me of a garden metaphor as it relates to growth challenges amongst creators and entrepreneurs.

If you’re a gardener then you’re naturally spending more time in your garden in summer and perhaps creating less art. Winter is a wonderful time to create because there’s less time in nature, (unless you’re into winter sports :-)).

The point is that growth spurts and uneven growth, are a natural part of life… in the garden and in us. Our goal though, is to lessen the chasm between the highs and lows toward greater balance, so that we don’t crack, like the tomatoes. Creating daily, helps to even out the violent swings between creativity and stagnancy.

Creating daily sets the rhythm of the creative life.
~LeAura Alderson

We have a garden, in fact, we also have a gardening website! In writing an article about tomato plant problems, one of the tomato issues reminded me of a garden metaphor as it relates to growth challenges amongst creators and entrepreneurs.

 

Within the iCreateDaily Facebook community, we have members who do arts, crafts and businesses, and who are also into gardening. Similarly, many gardeners are creatives. To garden is to nurture something to life. To create, is the same. So it just makes sense that many creatives also love plants and gardening, and likewise, many gardeners also love arts, crafts and creativity.

To garden is to nurture something to life. To create, is the same.
~LeAura Alderson, iCreateDaily.com

We have a garden, in fact, we also have a gardening website! In writing an article about tomato plant problems, one of the tomato issues reminded me of a garden metaphor as it relates to growth challenges amongst creators and entrepreneurs.

Growing Daily

When it comes to growth, whether it’s personal, business, creative or in the garden, it’s the practice of daily creating that helps you grow daily. The habit of creating daily will even out your growth spurts. Sure, there will still be the natural ebbs and flows, as there should be. To ebb at creating can be to flow at something else, and vice versa.

To ebb at creating can be to flow at something else.
~LeAura Alderson, iCreateDaily.com

We have a garden, in fact, we also have a gardening website! In writing an article about tomato plant problems, one of the tomato issues reminded me of a garden metaphor as it relates to growth challenges amongst creators and entrepreneurs.

Growth spurts and cycles are essential for keeping you fresh in your endeavors, protecting from burn out and stabilizing your growth. No matter what you’re doing, the habit of creating daily—whether it’s in your office, in the garden, in your relationships and everything in between—is the one habit above all, that will even out your growth and keep you from cracking.

From December to March,
there are for many of us three gardens:
the garden outdoors,
the garden of pots and bowls in the house,
and the garden of the mind’s eye.

~Katherine S. White, writer, editor

We have a garden, in fact, we also have a gardening website! In writing an article about tomato plant problems, one of the tomato issues reminded me of a garden metaphor as it relates to growth challenges amongst creators and entrepreneurs.

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