Crop rotation

In case you haven't noticed, I've not been writing very much. It's true in every aspect and outlet of my life - not just this blog. I haven't journaled or even written in Natalie's baby book. Neither have I freelanced as much as I assumed I would at this point in my life/career.

Until I e-mailed a friend about God revealing the seeds of a future direction in our lives, I had been having a difficult time understanding the nature of change in my life. How could I just stop writing? I’ve been writing for so many years. The seed analogy planted a seed of its own: Perhaps this stoppage of writing can best be explained as crop rotation of my talents.

At the time I wrote to my friend, I’d been wrestling with being in a place where my endeavors seemed rather insignificant - shallow, even - in comparison to what I had previously been employed to do and what I aspire to do one day. At the same time, I have to remember that I’m doing the most significant job anyone can hope to do: raising a child. I know there’s much more inspiration and aspiration growing inside me, and now is the season to give my writing a rest.

When that thought occurred to me a couple of months ago, I was intrigued and briefly researched the definition of crop rotation and fallow (when I searched Wikipedia for the latter, it directed me to the former).

From Wikipedia:
"Crop rotation or crop sequencing is the practice of growing a series of dissimilar types of crops in the same space in sequential seasons for various benefits such as to avoid the build up of pathogens and pests that often occurs when one species is continuously cropped. Crop rotation also seeks to balance the fertility demands of various crops to avoid excessive depletion of soil nutrients. ... Crop rotation can also improve soil structure and fertility by alternating deep-rooted and shallow-rooted plants."

There we have it. Dissimilar types of crops (writing and crafting) in the same space (me/my time) in sequential seasons (four years of college education focused on journalism and six years as a journalist giving way to time at home raising Natalie and nurturing inspiration in a different way) ...

I'm not sure about the build up of pathogens and pests specifically cynicism, ego, selfish ambition were certainly pesky weeds that I had to uproot often, but they can be found in just about any field.

Balance - I was happy to see that word in the Wikipedia entry. I feel balanced right now with regard to creative outlets, something I've always needed. I'm excited to express myself visually not only through making greeting cards and other craft projects, but through photographing Natalie and our adventures as parents. If a photo is really worth a thousand words, then I've actually been quite a prolific writer… But I digress.

Coming to the crop-rotation realization felt good - it makes sense and gives me hope and ultimately frees me to enjoy what I'm doing right now.

Andrea, Sunday 21 September 2008 at 01:22 am three comments
Ryan, (Email ) (URL) - 24-09-’08 01:33

Andrea, I support your effort to avoid an excessive depletion of your nutrients. I will, however, for the rest of your life, badger you until I get to read a certain story of yours. But in the meantime, fallow away. Or at least rotate away. Is that anything like twirling toward freedom?

Andrea, - 23-07-’13 18:30

I write from the future! It’s been nearly five years since I wrote this post, and so much has had space to grow in that fallow field. It was four years ago today that Naomi fell in the bathtub and split her lip while I was simultaneously planning a friend’s wedding and preparing to write an article for a local magazine. I felt immediate and powerful tension between parenting, social planning, and writing. I chose to quit the writing. Sometimes I wonder about that decision, but I don’t regret it. The wedding went well, Naomi recovered and had a great 1st birthday party, and now I’m writing professionally again and am dabbling in fiction with a serious eye on a Masters program for creative writing. God is so good! I’m thankful for his authorship of my life…

Andrea, - 23-07-’13 20:05

oops, I meant that it was nearly three years ago today that Naomi fell in the bathtub… She turns four tomorrow…

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