When doing an assignment as a Nature Conservation student, a standard format was to be followed. This standard applied to all my assignments other than that Communication. As a student, you had to write under three main headings: introduction, the body where you world state the stance of your argument, and then you would conclude. Let us say the assignment was for Resource Management. Chances here, you would be given a game farm description, and yours would be to state which animals you would have on your farm, and which plants would you introduce to support your animals. It was thus important that you include the type of soil your farm would have. Certain animals prefer certain plants, and certain plants prefer certain soil types. In this section, you would refer to nutrient-rich or nutrient-poor soil. Simply put, not all soil is the same. Each soil type consists of components that help certain plants to thrive in it, or that would hinder the growth of plants.
Before I understood the details, I thought that all plants preferred nutrient-rich soils, because they are rich in nutrients. I mean, this was only logical. I was so disappointed to know that this was not the case. For some plants, nutrient-rich plants can be lethal in time. It is thus for this reason that if you are a horticulturist, farmer, own a nursery, or a garden that you care about, you need to know your soils.
I believe that we as people are like plants, and just like plants, we need the right kind of soil to not only grow but thrive. Some plants can grow in soils that are not suitable for them, but the growth will be slow. They will achieve the bare minimum to survive but never thrive, and bloom into what they were meant to be. The same is true for us. We invest our time, resources, and energy on the wrong soils which will support us just enough to survive, but it would never be enough for our full potential.
Sometimes, we look at the person next to us who is thriving in the same environment and wonder why this growth is never for us. We forget that we are different plants. We might be in the same environment but we were not all meant to thrive in it. This is why jealousy is such a green-eyed monster, in the words of the great writer, William Shakespeare. It makes us shift our energy to the wrong place, energy that we could have used to improve our environments. It tends to make us focus on the next plant. By doing this we miss the opportunity of focusing and investing in our soils. You see, when farmers are in a situation where they have nutrients-loving plants, and yet their soil does not have those required amounts, they can manipulate the soil through fertilisers, or filling the soil with organic materials that can recycle the nutrients into the plants. Now, when we are too invested in the next plant, we often miss the fact that our soils need fertilisers, and we wither away in an environment where we could have also thrived, had we focus on the right thing.
There are times were even soil manipulation is not even, where the plants just won’t thrive. There comes a time where the farmer would have to accept the fact that his or her soils are meant for different plants. The farmer would either plant different plants or move to a different farm with different soils that are suitable for the desired plants. It is for these reasons that people would say that change is good. Often life enforces this change upon us. We often complain, not realising that we are being placed on our suitable soils. Life often does this for us when we have to be comfortable in believing that we are the same as other plants. God would allow these changes for a reason because He knows what kinds of plants were are and which soils would be suitable for us to thrive. That is why letting goes and letting God is always the best thing to do.
As a good friend of mine would often remind me, there is no silver bullet in life. Life is not a one-size-fits-all. Just like the various plant species on the face of the earth, we are different and therefore require different elements from the soil to fully bloom. When life forces change upon us, as difficult as they are at face value, we ought to accept them because often, we are being promoted to higher grounds, more suitable for the plants that we are.