A farmer knows that a field has to be left to fallow from time to time. They know the law of diminishing returns. They know it helps fertility and stops disease from taking hold. It is a lesson they have had to learn the hard way. And once learnt, it isn’t forgotten.
We can learn a lot from a simple field. We tend to think we can input-output, input-output, input-output like a machine. And the truth is we do far more outputting than we do inputting. If we carry that on, just like a field, we will end up giving less and less back each year.
That’s why it’s good to have a break from your blog, leave twitter be for a while, switch the mobile phone off. Go and sharpen the saw.
See new stuff. Different stuff. Crazy stuff. Have a break from your norm.
You are far more like a field than you are a machine.