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Tina, who loves to garden, was happy to receive Cathy’s request for help with her yard. “Cathy was an avid gardener with beautiful gardens who couldn’t do the heavy digging of gardening anymore,” said Tina, a longtime member of Kent Community Timebank. “She needed some things dug up and some other things moved a foot here and there.” Tina was happy to work for the hour she promised, while Cathy stood nearby, directing her where to move each plant. This was not unimportant work, Tina said. Getting her garden just right was important to Cathy. Sometimes Cathy asked Tina to move a plant more than once as she considered balance and sunlight. “She was so grateful that I got it and that I was quite willing to do what she wanted,” Tina said. But there was something more than gardening going on here. - Part 1 of 2 by Debra-Lynn Hook as told by Tina Bergmann @ Kent Community TimeBank, Ohio https://crookedriver.timebanks.org Photo by Debra Lynn-Hook . #timebankingis #community #50storiesin50days #timebanks #story #timeasmoney #honoringothers
Reflection by Edgar Cahn
What did moving that plant one more time really mean? Sometimes, a small act, a tiny shift in reality creates art, creates order and beauty, meaning and purpose. A seemingly finicky and trivial request actually masks a more fundamental need for control and order driven in this case by a struggle to cope with a sense of overwhelm. That is what TimeBanking makes possible: a way to inject purpose and meaning in small acts, a way to celebrate life.
Doing something that feels just right creates meaning for us – even if it is just for that moment and that act. We need to savor the moment. When we do not just get on with life, we are making a statement that our lives are more than a moment. They are our slice of eternity. And as we shall see, in this case, accepting and honoring a request to move a plant again and again generated unexpected connectivity and meaning.