Today my inspiration is not sparked by my animal housemates, but by my garden. A few days ago I drastically pruned our grapevines – a kind that goes by the wonderful name of Boskoop Glory. In summer this needs to be done every fortnight if you want nice juicy grapes by the end of the season. To be honest, the last pruning was done quite some time ago (procrastination, remember). Believe me when I say this particular plant shows formidable growing force once the summer is there. It looked like a small jungle of vines, with lots of leaves and quite a number of juicy bunches to be. You need to prune the vines to 2 leaves past the bunch. When there are several bunches per vine – which there were, trust me – you only keep the bunch closest to the main branch. Vines that do not carry any bunches need to be clipped as well.
After all my pruning the initially abundant jungle was replaced by something resembling a skinny shaven poodle. It was hard to cut so many promising bunches and throw them on the compost heap, it seemed nearly cruel. But only by creating space can you provide enough light and nutrition for the remaining bunches to grow optimally and to give fungal disease a lesser chance to develop.
As a person you should also prune your own life every now and then. Especially when it all becomes too much and you can’t tell what’s important anymore. Take a step back to see which issues, activities, attitudes, habits and even friends or acquaintances are good for you and which are not. It can really be necessary to cut back in these and make difficult choices so you literally create more breathing space and energy, allowing you to grow, like the grapevines.
Talk to you in two weeks.
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