What is the harvest for?

If we pick every flower, what is left for passers-by to savour? And if harvesting fields, orchards, vineyards, and woods takes everything, what about the next generation of growth? Where will it come from? Our cycles for judging fruitfulness and success have become catastrophically short-term, and the consequences are all around. We think we have …

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The time of ripening

These are delicious Victoria plums from my home county of Kent, the ‘Garden of England’. Their fragrant smell and juicy, sweet taste remind me of the fruit farm where I grew up. They are extraordinarily evocative. For the last few weeks, we’ve been able to buy tree-ripened plums. Yet these last few are verging on …

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Free, and yet not alone

None of us can produce good fruit on our own. Even when we’ve let go of the identities and ideas, the things and the memories that have previously defined us, we are still not alone. Every creative idea, each insight, whatever is healthy and lovely, is the product of some form of germination. And has …

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It’s what’s below the surface that counts

We’ve been schooled to pay attention to what we can see. And our metrics for success tend to be observable. Yet the reality is it’s what’s below the surface that counts. What is formed and shaped in the hidden places bears lasting fruit. Stay with it.

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