Thursday, October 04, 2012

Wisdom, You Don't Get It Overnight

It's not time to quit the day job just yet, oh and I'm thankful for it.

Over the past 12 years, Julie and I have gained a tremendous amount of knowledge and experience attempting to build our farm and our dream; both positive and negative.  We now know what it takes to successfully grow tomatoes, but we also know just how hard it can be to pay a medical bill on the income from selling them.  I know a lot more about producing a quality soil and how to grow good pasture, but can't afford sufficient pasture because it has a "mountain view".

Twelve years ago, I was under the impression I would just waltz into East TN, buy up some cheap farmland, work hard and bam; quit my day job in a couple of years and enjoy the simple life forever more.  What I learned is just how complicated and difficult enjoying the simple life can be.  It has been very discouraging at times, and when we left Greeneville two and half years ago, I stood in my front yard and cried as we loaded up the last of our stuff and moved.  At that time, it seemed that we had just given up on our dreams that we had poured so much into over the previous 10 years.

For the last couple of years, I've been in a holding pattern and sort of a recovery time.  I've had time to really reflect on those experiences.  I know a lot more know than I did 12 years ago, (not just how to grow tomatoes) and I'm ready to start over again.  Making dreams a reality is hard and in this age of instant gratificication, it can be very difficult to stay the course.  It has taken me a while to realize it, but I know that we didn't waste our time, we were just gaining the wisdom necessary to make those dreams reality.

Stay tuned.



Carmen S. said...

I've been reading this blog for several years Michael and when you guys sold your home to move I cried along with you, but I was also excited for your new home and the opportunities there:) It's true that is is hard in this day & age, but keep on learning, because nothing is impossible! said...

Long time reader too!
We have also been trying to get a business off the ground! Prayer, patience & hard work. Hang in there brother (& sister). Timing plays a big part also. God knows what we need, when we need it!

Unknown said...

I've been following your blog for only a few years. But, I have appreciated it so much and learned a great deal.
God's timing is never a waste. God will always supply all that is needed for what he wants done. Your patience will reward your family.