Lying Fallow…

For some reason…who forever knows what that isBertha…gave me the phrase…lying fallow…to write about this morning…

Being a farm girl of sorts…I’ve always heard of the expression…with the practice…meaning…that a field is…essentially…allowed to take a break…the premise being…that…repeatedly planting crops in the same spot…depletes the soil of valuable nutrients…which…decreases productivity…

However…knowing…Bertha…I figured there was more to it than that…so…I did what I do best…I…Googled it…of course since it was a farm question…I probably could have just called Mama…but…she wasn’t at home…so…Google…it was…

Anyway…seems there is a bit more to it…than…just not planting a crop for a year or so…as I had remembered…it also involves…continuing to toil the field…and maintain it…not…just…giving it a break…for a time…but actively replenishing it…

Of course…then…Bertha…related it to my life…reminding me…that…it’s not just important for me to…take time off…from my busy routine…it’s important…to…actually do the things that…replenish…me…when I do…

Now…that she’s explained it in these terms…I have to say…spending time in my contemplation chair…lying fallow…which by some accounts…could be considered…lazy…is truly…my most productive time of day…

Jane

Inside Out…

Hello…my name is Jane…and…I am…an…introvert

I do great in a one-on-one situation…but kind of freeze up in a crowd…becoming self-conscious…tongue tied…even when I’m with the same people that I would be comfortable with…in a smaller setting…

I remember…Mama…telling me when I was a young…that she was always loneliest in a crowd…and…this little nut…fell close to that tree…

My daughter once gave me a working distinction…between…an introvert and an extrovert…she said that…the difference was truly in how a person…recharges…that…extroverts need to be with people to recharge…they need…activity…while….introverts need to recharge alone…they need…contemplation…

That explanation…made so much sense to me…helped me to understand why as young wife and mother…even though I was very happy…I would sometimes…pine…for my college apartment…wishing I still had it…and could go there a couple of hours a day…

This morning…I was pondering…how…can I be an introvert…if my primary love language…is…Quality Time…doesn’t that mean…I need to be with people…

Thankfully…Bertha….was happy to relate the two for me…she said…that…not only do…I require quality time with others…to thrive…I also require quality time alone…in order to recharge…she say that…it is the balance between the two…that I need to maintain…

Hmmm…something to contemplate…as…I recharge…

Jane