Dig the well before you’re thirsty

What “Cultivating our garden” is about:

You have no chance of fulfilling your dreams and life goals if you can’t even demonstrate self-sufficiency in the basics of life. And yes, I realize that many dreams require the help of others for any hopes of coming to fruition, in the form of funds, resources, or partnerships.

ch13-bird and wormWhat I’m talking about is the simple stuff of life. Like can you demonstrate the ability to simply survive on your own from day to day, month to month, year to year? And by survive I mean “on your own” without having to run to mommy and daddy for money or help, or without relying on your other parent, big government, to help you make ends meet.

According to a 2014 Forbes article, just over half of all Americans now receive some type of government assistance. Any many millions of those people are receiving it from multiple government agencies. I realize that many do truly need that assistance. But you cannot convince me that millions of these recipients couldn’t be managing their lives independent of government assistance if they had planned their lives more responsibly.

There is little reason that in a world of freedom and unlimited options for how to live one’s life, that so many people seemingly cannot function self-sufficiently. We have become a coddled people that rely on others to survive when it isn’t really needed.

How are you going to achieve your dreams in life if you can’t even manage to take of your own basic business? No one is going to live your dreams for you. Nor should others manage your day-to-day affairs. And a final thought: No one ever achieved their dreams while living on welfare.


“Welcome evermore to gods and men is the self-helping man. For him all doors are flung wide: him all tongues greet, all honors crown, all eyes follow with desire. Our love goes out to him and embraces him, because he did not need it.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson