My social media is exploding with articles and arguments around what is limited and what we can't do right now - people trying to make sense of rights and responsibilities, control and liminal spaces. I took a break from the chatter to do some gardening and learned a few things from the local lemon balm.
I'm a novice gardener and have been enjoying learning about the different indigenous and local plant life in my neighborhood ecosystem. There is an abundance of lemon balm in my yard. Too much in fact. I needed to trim it back before it took over everything so I started researching it's uses and how to appropriately harvest it.
Abundance was the lesson of the day, courtesy the lemon balm. I had been so consumed with stories of limitations that I had completely been neglecting to see what was growing and what was in abundance in my own front yard.
The ability to hold multiple perspectives is a necessary and top leadership skill in my book. Lemon balm reminded me to hold both the restrictions and the abundance to maintain a clearer, more whole picture. Lemon balm has many gifts to share: tea, tinctures, bug spray... it even makes a stellar gin and tonic! I would have missed all that if I hadn't looked.
What is abundant in your "front yard", your team or your community? Where might there be overlooked gifts and where do you have more than enough to share?
My view of the world is that there is enough. We just need to figure out how to share it.