Last week with the help and encouragement of my volunteers we decided to offer the first ever – ALL choice week! With so much in season at this time, we decided we would give you the freedom and flexibility to choose for yourself what veggies you would like for the week:) So Happy August everyone!
Me - looking cool (or trying to, hehe;)
Serendipitously just after offering this option I read an article about how giving people too much choice can actually have negative consequences. The article went on to state that the more choices we are given the harder time we have deciding what the ‘best’ options are, and we are more likely to walk away with regret instead of being happy with what we chose. Instead of thinking about what we got, we are more likely to focus on what we missed out on – that ‘Oh, I should have got the other one!'' thought. Oh, I can relate, hehe! I try to remind myself however that no choice is ever a ‘bad’ choice, and I am usually always free to choose again the next time. Even if it is a ‘bad’ choice, I choose it, I live with the consequences, and now I just move on from here making the next choice from the new place I’m at. Feels freeing and less anxiety ridden to think this way – I’m also more likely to enjoy the outcome of the choice I made this way too – I can also choose to be happy with it. Wow, really? No one ever told me that before!! Well, now I know others secret;) hehe. So liberating.
This talk about choices hit me when I read Jack Layton's last letter to Canadians earlier today. I was saddened by his loss as he was one of the 'good guy's' I was told by someone . For me, it was his authenticity, no-hide-all attitude, as well as his genuine caring that shone the brightest and made him into one of these 'good guy's'. It was also the fact that despite all that is/was/ever has gone on in the world he choose to be optimistic about the future. As his last words of his last letter state:
"Love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world." Jack Layton
Join me this week in celebrating our choices and carrying Mr. Layton's optimism and perseverance forward - 'Don't let them tell you it can't be done!', he says.
A guest in the tomato patch! Biggest spider I've seen in a while:)
The tomato horn worm on the plant.
A tomato horn worm - huge! They can decimate a tomato plant in a short while with their large appetite. Made a huge pile of goo after I squished it - poor guy:(