No Excuses

This is my favourite saying:

Everything works out in the end. And if it doesn't, it's not yet the end.

Remembering this gives me faith in stressful or seemingly hopeless situations. It really helps when you’re down in the bottom of a hole and can’t imagine how it would ever get better. But it always does get better in the end.

It also symbolises the notion of “everything is possible if only you try hard enough”. Yes, many times there are setbacks and problems and obstacles and it just seems that everything and everyone is against you and that it’s just not going to happen. But, like so many wise people say, you just have to keep on getting up after you fell down. If you read my post on Meeka Goes Green you know that I had countless moments where I wanted to throw in the towel and just give up. It was just too hard, things weren’t working out, deadlines were being missed, Meeka was just too far away and too sleepy a town to actually get such project going. It would have been oh-so-easy to just give up and justify it with all the reasons as to why it wasn’t supposed to work.

Or were those ‘reasons’ just excuses?

When I was down in Margaret River I visited the awesome Fair Harvest Permaculture Farm. It was fantastic seeing all their clever designs which allow them to work the land effectively and produce a lot of food whilst also improving the land. As I was wandering through the citrus orchard / chicken run I got chatting with a lady with a British accent. We both agreed on how fantastic their design is and how amazingly productive these gardens were and how beautiful and luscious they looked. I remarked on how I love Permaculture for its ability to work with the land and getting the most out of resources like rainwater to which this lady replied “Yes, they’re lucky down here in Margaret River, they have so much water. I tried it in the Perth Hills and it didn’t work, it was just too dry.” We continued a bit of friendly small talk and then went our own ways exploring the rest of the farm.

Her comment stuck with me though. It seemed to be in the same basket as “the grass is greener on the other side” and the “I could do that too if only I had […]” attitudes. Coming from England she probably does find the Perth Hills challenging in terms of gardening. The dry, bush fire prone vegetation is not as lush as the juicy greenery that readily grows in England.

But I also know gardeners who have amazingly lush gardens in climates that are much harsher than the Perth Hills. My fellow gardeners from Meekatharra dream of the kind of rainfall that Perth gets (about three or four times as much as Meeka). And then there are gardeners who would probably dream of the kind of rainfall we get here in Meeka. There’s always someone who does it tougher.

I know of an interesting project called “Greening the Desert”- check it out on Youtube or on its website. It totally puts the Perth Hills lady and our Meeka climate challenges into perspective.

If they can grow food in a desert then surely we can do it in our backyard. If I can grow plants in the stinkin’ hot Outback then I’m sure you can do it wherever you live. (If you’re on the North or South Pole you may need an inside greenhouse but I’m sure it’s still possible).

Yes, every location has its challenges and different climates but we can succeed and have a gorgeous and productive garden – we just need to keep on adapting until we’ve got it figured out. Everything works out in the end.

We think we have all these reasons as to why it’s not going to work – it’s too hot, there’s not enough rainfall, Meeka is too far away for recycling to be viable (busted that myth! :)), I need the car because the shops are too far away to walk, I can’t compost because I don’t have the space, I can’t have chickens because the neighbours would complain, I need the dryer because it’s too wet/cold to dry the laundry outside, et cetera et cetera. Some of these sound like legit reasons, others sound more like weak excuses – but all of them are real obstacles. The good thing is: obstacles can be overcome. If we really want to, we can make it work. We may have to try a few different ways, trial and error, fall down and get back up but I firmly believe, I know: Everything works out in the end.

It always seems impossible until it's done.

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