Let the wildflowers grow

After a week of much activity I was struck by the beauty of a few wild flowers growing on a verge. It made me think about all I’ve been doing this week. It’s a long list which includes a trip to Bristol for a meeting of Terrestrial, the arts company I’m involved with; a meeting of production company Damn Cheek; discussions with Brooklands Radio and Bradford’s Telegraph and Argus about my book; pension scheme negotiations with my trustee hat on; preparations for a concert this weekend; and much more.

All this is good, positive, activity but does it leave time to let the wild flowers grow? As a writer my most productive time this week was when I was sitting on the train to London for the Damn Cheek meeting. Several poems drafted out. Wild flowers that were allowed to grow because I was unable to get on with being busy.

So what am I going to do with this insight? Try, not for the first time, to build in ‘wild flower’ time into my day. In the process become a little more productive. And remember to chill a little – there’s a verse in the Bible, which I’m sure at least one of the characters in Blessed Assurance would quote at this point – ‘Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin, yet even King Solomon in all his glory is not arrayed like one of these’. Perhaps I’ll leave it there.

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Tony Earnshaw

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