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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Only Results

On this chilly November morning, rather than just a wordless Wednesday image, let’s toss a few words out there to warm you up. Here’s one Wednesday word to chew on, think about, write it on paper, text it to a friend – then take a step backwards and ask yourself, what first thoughts jump into your head when you hear the word ‘Commitment’ (and not in the sense of relationships). I ask myself quite often, “Am I just old-fashioned or is there really less and less of it - that ‘dig in your heels’, ‘I’m sticking to it’ attitude? Is it merely a passing interest or is there a commitment factor to seeing results? There’s always a big sigh when a curve ball catches you off guard or someone forgot to mention there might be some heavy lifting or grunt work involved.

So how does this relate to our landscape? Oh, yes. There’s always a garden twist. Creating places that matter to us, like our landscape and garden spaces, well, heck yeah, that takes a full bucket of commitment. Not manure or peat moss but commitment and there’s no filler or soil amendment that can fix that one. Some of the most beautifully designed landscapes often become a moment captured in color when the commitment factor is dropped by the wayside. There’s nothing worse than something created that was not enjoyed.

And a general rule of thumb - when you enjoy your outdoor spaces, maintaining them becomes part of the fun. Ken Blanchard writes this about that ‘C’ word. “There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses - only results.” 

It is a perfectly valid question to ask yourself when you undertake any design or your own do-it-yourself project. It’s also something to assess when you’re about to dive headfirst into the next garden or design trend. It's more than just a pretty image. It begins with a Capital 'C'. It’s being committed to the process. It’s being committed to the results.

Image by Greg Bilowz © Bilowz Associates Inc.

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