“Change is inevitable. Growth is Intentional.”
—Attributed to Glenda Cloud
Image from Cadillac Gardens
A somewhat recent movement in many cities is the community garden. Residents and community members take modest sized plots of land that have gone unused or, in many cases, represent urban decay, and renew them.
Over the years, most abandoned lots have changed for the worse through the proliferation of weeds, trash, and even vandalism.
To improve these areas, committed community activists and volunteers intentionally clean up the lots and begin flower and vegetable gardens to renew and beautify their towns.
Where can you intentionally bring a greater growth mindset to create the positive change you wish to bring to your world?
“There comes a time for departure even when there is no certain place to go.”
—Tennessee Williams, 20th Century American Playwright
Image from Flickr by Bruno Geiger
Take a few minutes to examine your personal and professional communities. Ask yourself the following questions:
- How much do I look forward to participating in this community?
- How well do the people in this community share my vision and values?
- How much influence do I have on the goals and direction of this community?
- What learning and growth opportunities are possible in this group?
- How well does this group fulfill my desire for a purposeful life?
Where might you need to make changes – large or small – in how you spend your time, and who you spend it with, even if there is no clear alternative place to go?