If you make a practice of sitting the fence on most things, this article probably won’t be of interest to you. But if you’re definitely on one side or the other of issues that are important to you, I think you’ll relate.
There are two attitudes of approach to almost any issue: How near can I get to the line (also known as the fence) or how far away can I stay.
It’s never really a question of being better than someone else. Nor is it a question of being “right” and someone else being “wrong”. It just all boils down to what you want to do and what you want to stand for.
And of course it must be said that a lot of what you want and what you stand for will depend on how much you know about what’s going on.
For me, it’s worked to stay as far away as possible from what I DON’T want. I go towards what I DO want. If there is a question in my mind about what to do — I decide based on going away from what I don’t want and staying the path towards what I do want.
Let’s take organic gardening for example. Do you want to be as close to the line as possible, because it can be a lot easier that way? For some reason you want to call yourself an organic gardener, but you’ll stretch over the fence whenever it’s convenient?
Again, my decisions even in my garden are made based on how far away I can stay from the line and how close I can get to using no material that can harm my soil, my plants, animals, or myself.
I realize it’s next to impossible sometimes to get things that haven’t been tainted in one way or the other. Nonetheless, I try to be as select as possible —even about where I get organic materials for my garden. For example I won’t go around and pick up bagged leaves like I use to many years ago, because I don’t know where they come from and what’s on them. It would be a shot in the dark to use them in my garden and I’d rather not do that.
In this age in which we live — where wrong is called right and right is called wrong — and organic is not always “organic” — you’ll come out way ahead if you adopt the attitude and mind-set of staying as far away as you can from what you don’t want.
It might not always be the easiest way, but I’ve always found it the best way in accomplishing my goals. I think you might also.
Organic gardening is easy, effective, efficient and — a lot healthier.
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