Shot by : Keshav Prakash
Edited by : Bardroy Barretto
Growing food (guidance/expert advice): Peter Fernandes
TRANSCRIPT OF THE VIDEO:
Twenty Nine Individuals got planted for germination on 27th Jan.
Two days later, I realized one got left out.
Maybe this little one wished to be a seed for some more time.
So, 28 individuals got sowed on 27th Jan, and the one that got left out, I did soon 3rd February.
Some of the seeds were as tiny as a full stop, some just a little bigger, and very few just big enough to register their shape and size in one glance.
I tell you, they are each their own!
I gave them the same amount of soil, nutrients, water, sunshine, care, tiny pot hugs, good mornings, introduced them to my family members with the same enthusiasm. And I waited.
On the 29th of Jan, nine varieties put out their tiny heads out of the soil, each in varying lengths, widths, shapes, and some in different shades of green. Some such a tiny head, I almost missed it in my first inspection. On the 30th, five more said hello to us. 31st Jan, another six more, 1st Feb, six, and now you know how this goes. One of them (chives) is enjoying the company of the soil so much, that no amount of anything has yet made her want to break out of her seed, and pop out of the soil. I am told that she needs patience.
None of them are displaying any rush or stress, because the one in the next pot sprouted quicker or faster. Nor is the one that sprouted first, gaining anything more than the ones still in the pot. Neither is the sun, wind, water treating each of them differently depending on who came first or who is slow. Somehow each of the seeds seem to know their potential, the right time to sprout into the world, and are allowing for the time, the space, the nutrients and energy that it needs. They also seem to know that they each have a place in the world, no matter what. And even if they do not make it at all, somehow I feel they will be okay with that too, because they know they did give it a fair shot.
Going forward I realized I do have a choice of only sowing that which grows quickly, the individuals that burst forth first on the 29th of Jan, but if I do so, how much lesser will I be without the surrender and patience that comes with Spinach, Amaranth, Dill, Cherry Tomato, Brinjal, Moringa and so many more.
And if I choose just the ones that grow slowly because they bring me patience and surrender, I can’t even imagine losing out on Lettuce, Pak Choi, Romaine, Radish, Rabi, Rocket, who by showing up early, made me celebrate hope, excitement and enthusiasm.
Oh, and the ones that are neither too early nor too late to sprout, how I need them for sanity, because I cannot do hope, excitement and enthusiasm for very long…I need some amount of calmness, balance, consistency and routine that Chinese Cabbage, Okra, Cucumber, bring, before moving into patience and surrender that are to come.
I need them all. All parts of this spectrum. They teach me much.
As I zoom out with this learning, and turn the lens on my life, I realized they teach me how much I thrive on what variety offers, even in the company of loved ones.
I very much need those loved ones, who burst into my life bringing hope, excitement and enthusiasm. Oh, then the ones who bring me the much needed routine-calmness-balance-consistency, and what is life without those who bring patience and surrender.
By signing up for Life, I have signed up for these 29 individuals, and more. This includes Ms. Chives, who’s still to turn up.
Wonder, what she has in store for me!
What an exciting company of individuals enriching my life already, even as I am a month into 2021. I only intend to add more variety this year.
I invite you to reflect and share what this understanding from the 29 individuals bring to you. How much are you enriched by variety in your life? Who makes up your variety, and what roles do they each fulfill? Which individuals are you aching for right now? Have you reached out to them for what they naturally bring to your life?
There is so much more just the germination process of these 29 variety of Individuals seem to teach. If you are a parent, it might bring a different insight, if you are a teacher who works with children it might offer something else, if you are a community organizer, what you get from this might be very valuable too.
Look forward to hearing what our 29 Individuals stirred in each of you.
Thank you for watching, for listening.