Stones and Turnips
Turn stones into turnips.
~paraphrased from Pigs Eat Wolves by Charles Bates
It’s a good thing I love turnips because I’ve found lots of stones in my path. The stones are the obstacles or stumbling blocks that prevent me from moving forward. I get to practice overcoming these little every day frustrations or periods of confusion so that when meteors hit from out of the blue or I see a mountain in the distance, I will know what to do. It’s the daily choice to grow, take risks, and change my inner dialogue, even if it isn’t the most exciting or tasty dish.
I’ve also learned that I don’t need to go looking for stones. There are always more stones to be found. But that just makes my progress slower and ties me up in unnecessary details and busywork. By prioritizing what’s truly important and not just urgent, and by not taking everything personally, I can see the path as well as which stones need to be removed.
And turning stones into turnips reminds me of the children’s story of Stone Soup. Strangers to a village convince the townspeople to add something to a soup pot that everyone then gets to share. I don’t have to overcome all of my challenges by myself. When I ask for help and work together with others, everyone benefits. They get to offer and use their gifts, and I get to practice humility, patience, and gratitude. Here’s another turnip for the pot!