Reflecting Allowed

Maha Bali’s blog about education

Can less be more in an age of abundance?

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I’m biting off more than I can chew. I know it. I can’t help it. I will one day learn to say no. I will. Just not yet.

I learned the hard metaphorical way. Our uni has this fun thing where we can, in groups of 2-5 have a small plot of land to grow veggies. I thought it’d be a cool team-building thing and so I got one with an interesting team who all know me well, but not each other (my new co-worker, an old friend from college, and another prof i have worked with for a while). It was my turn to visit and check on our plants and saw this wonderful sight (the green bean plants):

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Looks great, right?

WRONG!

Apparently, we’ve planted too many seeds too close to each other, and if we leave it like that, NONE OF THEM WILL GROW TO MATURITY. Or so the experts say.

And so, he helped me through the traumatizing experience of removing almost half the plants and spacing them out so each would have enough room to grow and get nourished by the soil.

There’s a not-so-subtle lesson for me here, i’m just not ready to learn it yet even though it’s staring me right in the face!

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