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Hello, and welcome to Fish Grow Plants! In today’s episode we’re reminding each other to take a break and just enjoy your aquaponic system.
I don’t know about you, but the end of the year tends to bring a lot more to my to-do list than I plan for. It’s not that it’s a bad thing, but I just feel like some things get bumped back a bit more than I’d like. Such as my aquaponic system.
Take for example Thanksgiving. To me, I see a Thursday full of open time that I could experiment with this, or that, or try starting some new seeds, or organize this, or fix that. And that still includes time spent with family and friends with a special meal. But alas, it seems that between work, family, friends, chores, cooking, and a few other items that just want a “piece” of my time, I end up with very little to none for that list of things I was hoping to do with my aquaponic system.
No it’s not bad. Yes, I’d like to get all of those things done on my list, but I know things don’t always go my way—especially around the holidays, or when a lot of other people are involved.
That’s why I want to emphasize the importance of taking a break and just enjoying your system. You can’t always be making lists, fixing things, or expanding. Sometimes, it is fruitful to be in awe. To find wonder. To just take that small amount of time you do have with your system and be grateful you have it. I mean, it’s way better than not having one at all right?
As you take in that wonder of the water and air moving in an orchestrated rhythm, remember you created that. Remember the hard work you put in. Remember the planning and figuring out that you put in. Remember all the effort that it took to make the system you are looking at a reality. It was you who created it.
So just know that enjoyment is part of aquaponics. I’m guilty of wanting to spend all my extra time on my system trying to make it better, but it’s times when I tend to get pushed into other activities that help me remember the value of my aquaponic system. Just cause it’s near the end of the year, is just coincidence. Taking a bit of time routinely to really appreciate all that aquaponics has done for, or given, me is a healthy sanity check that brings me back to now. It helps me see where I’ve been, where I am, and where I want to go.
The gratitude I have for all that I see when I stand in silence and listen to the water flow, watch the fish swim around, and feel the energy around the plants is best described as awe. As amazement. Even after all I’ve done with aquaponics, I still feel like a little kid on Christmas morning when I open the door and see my system—it still amazes me.
And I hope that you too can take some time and feel that wonder. That amazement. It’s fuel for the future and a point to return to in your memory when you think back on all you’ve accomplished.
As we near the end, I’d like to say thank you for listening to Fish Grow Plants. This episode marks the end of season 1 for the podcast, but just like aquaponics, it’s good to step back, reflect, and figure out what’s next. So enjoy the end of the year, and we’ll be back for season 2 soon!
Take care and happy aquaponicing!
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This has been another episode of Fish Grow Plants—the podcast all about practicing and sharing the love of aquaponics; hosted by Logan Schoolcraft.