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Sarah Beth Cloar, President, WWPR

In a recent Marie Kondo exercise to my inbox, I came across a note I’ve had for 10+ years, from a colleague in a past life. It features instructions for cultivating one’s garden of life, found in one of her mother’s books over 100 years old. I loved it then and I love it now because it serves as a good reminder for intentional relationships and purposeful decision making as we all go about this thing called life.

I hope you’re inspired by the note – especially in the season we find ourselves in – and will pass along to your colleagues as well!

Plant four rows of peas:
Presence
Promptness
Preparation
Perseverance

Next to these, plant three rows of squash:
Squash gossip
Squash indifference
Squash criticism

Next, five rows of lettuce:
Let us follow guidelines and standards
Let us be true to our obligations
Let us be faithful to duty
Let us be loyal and unselfish
Let us respect one another

And no garden is complete without turnips:
Turn up for meetings
Turn up with a smile
Turn up with new ideas
Turn up with the determination to make everything count for something good and worthwhile.