Something new and something to ponder
Change is a good thing. We need to try new things to keep our programs fresh and evolving. We have been having a MG State Conference for over 20 years and they are an institution in Arkansas–well attended and well planned. We are currently taking registrations now, and they are coming in fast and furious. Through next Friday (Feb 17) it is open registration for Active MG’s, Lifetime Members and County Agents. This year we are taking 700 people. It is going to be a fabulous conference, with exciting tours, seminars, art and garden fair and a lot of extras on Sunday afternoon, and a special event Monday night, plus two exceptional pre-tours–Pulaski Tech and Moss Mountain. Master Gardeners can read all about it on the MG Only website–remember you must know the user name and password. Many Master Gardeners have been attending these conferences every year since they have been a MG and it is old home week–coming back together with friends from around the state that you only get to see once a year. State conferences are three packed days of education, networking and fun!
For those who maybe can’t attend a state conference, or simply want more education we are trying something new this year. District Garden Dig Ins are being held in March in three locations across Arkansas. We will have an outside speaker at each one, plus me doing a horticulture topic and a bit on the MG program. We will have an opportunity to share a meal or a snack. Each one is a little different, and we are testing the waters. Space is limited, and time is short. Registration went live yesterday and is due in Feb. 27 and our first event is March 6 in Forrest City.
This was sent to me via email, but I thought it was just too good not to share:
A young lady confidently walked around the room while leading and explaining stress management to an audience with a raised glass of water. Everyone knew she was going to ask the ultimate question, ‘half empty or half full?’ She fooled them all …. “How heavy is this glass of water?” she inquired with a smile. Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. to 20 oz. She replied , “The absolute weight doesn’t matter. It depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute, that’s not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I’ll have an ache in my right arm. If I hold it for a day, you’ll have to call an ambulance. In each case it’s the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.” She continued, “and that’s the way it is with stress. If we carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later, as the burden becomes increasingly heavy, we won’t be able to carry on.” “As with the glass of water, you have to put it down for a while and rest before holding it again. When we’re refreshed, we can carry on with the burden – holding stress longer and better each time practiced. So, as early in the evening as you can, put all your burdens down. Don’t carry them through the evening and into the night.
Accept the fact that some days you’re the pigeon and some days you’re the statue! Always keep your words soft and sweet just in case you have to eat them.
We could learn a lot from crayons. Some are sharp, some are pretty and some are dull. Some have weird names and all are different colors, but they all have to live in the same box.