When the greenhouse is done, it will be awesome! It should keep plants above freezing on all but the coldest nights, which means fresh greens all year. It will also look nice and have some fancy solar-powered quality-of-life improvements.
I can afford to invest in the greenhouse because I have critical resources, the most important of which is time.
If I didn’t have those resources, I could only focus on what was essential. For the garden, keeping plants from freezing is essential.
My essential approach to keeping the plants from freezing would consist of covering the plants with straw and covering a double layer of plastic. Lettuces might not survive, but the kale probably would, and that’s enough. Not desirable, but enough.
If I’m a teacher right now, complex units of instruction may not be possible. What is essential is meeting the social-emotional needs of my kids and building their critical thinking skills. That might be all I can do. It isn’t desirable, but it is enough.
As a leader, my people may still be struggling through this pandemic. We may not be able to maximize our growth or our systems, or even skill development, but if people can find a bit of joy or connection in their work, it isn’t desirable, but it is enough.
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