Gardening has always been one of those actions that, I love in theory but tests my patience and resolve. You plant water and wait and hope and often you are rewarded but sometimes you are not then you start over again.
Gardens are a great metaphor for life in that, we can do all we can but sometimes we are not rewarded with what we want. Should we stop “tending our garden”? Of course not, if anything we need to start over and maybe learn from the last garden.
I love watching NBA and WNBA games. I follow the NBA and WNBA on social media sites and fan groups. Sometimes the great debate about the pay gap between the NBA and the WNBA will arise (usually around the time that the players unions are negotiating their contract). There are some that do not feel their is a problem with a pay gap between the NBA and the WNBA. These folks often mask their sexism with comments online like “the NBA makes more money so the men deserve more money”. The problem with the making more money explanation for the pay gap would be the reason behind the NBA making more money.
The NBA was created in 1946 and the NBA has poured a lot of time and money into the NBA to make it a success. Players have never been underpaid in the NBA despite the lack of profitability. The NBA was on the verge of bankruptcy teams were closing because of lack of funding but the players that remained were well taken care of or tended to. The WNBA has not received this treatment at all.
It takes time patience and effort to see take care of garden and get some delicious fruits and vegetables. It also takes time patience and effort to get a promotion have a child graduate, graduate yourself and do almost anything in life.
Don’t get discouraged, try again and again and again and… (well you get the point) and of course have some fun with tending the garden. Reward the child and encourage them in all their grades. Reward and invest in yourself along the way to your own goals to.
Grit, according to Angela Duckworth is “is passion and perseverance for long-term goals.” Grit is what you need to do anything that is worth while grit and some rain or luck.
The luck and the rain will come you just have to be ready for it with the planted seed and tended to garden.