X is for X Factor #AtoZChallenge
On April 28, 2015 | 22 Comments | gardening, writing |

Three days left for the AtoZ Challenge! *pant pant pant* We can do this!

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No, I’m not writing about the television show. I know nothing about it. I thought it was the show Susan Boyle rose to fame on, but apparently that’s Britain’s Got Talent.

The X Factor, before Google searches were taken over by the television show, was (and still is) that unknown factor, a mysterious quality.

In the garden, I can plant something in the best possible conditions, and it doesn’t produce or under-produces. Last year my beets were a disappointment, and for some odd reason I’ve only produced a handful of carrots. On the flip side, I can ignore a plant and have it thrive in spite of me. I seem to have a proliferation of leeks in the front yard, and I don’t know why. I don’t even remember planting them.

The X Factor humbles. It reminds me that, clearly, I am not in charge. I can do my best, and learn all I can, but the garden always surprises me.

It’s part of the fun, I think. I kind of like not knowing. The guessing, the problem solving, the challenge, keeps me coming back year after year to grow things.

I don’t write to be a bestseller. I write because I’m a happier person when I write. However, that doesn’t mean I don’t want an audience. It’s been a lot of fun this month with the AtoZ Challenge, to have so many people engage with me on this blog. I’m not going to lie and say that doesn’t matter to me.

With my garden, I keep planting. Some plants don’t make it…but some do. Whatever we’re doing in life, we owe it to ourselves to keep going. After this blog challenge is over, I’ll continue to blog and continue to engage with other bloggers. When we keep planting seeds, something grows.

One never knows when the X Factor will kick in.

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