Our modern world is full of constant multi-tasking and information overload. Texts, emails, phone calls, etc., never give your brain a chance to just have a little reload. Personally, the demands of family and business feel both exciting and overwhelming, with rarely a 2 minute break from one function to the other. Actually, it all pretty much melds together. I’ll find time for that phone call while cooking dinner, bring the kids to the Worm Ranch to do homework while I work, or any number of times I have tried to squeeze it all in to be the best Mom and business owner I can be.
That constant demand usually has my wits and nerves sauteed to a brown crisp. Trying to figure out sales tax and finalize two science fair projects in the same day just might throw an Einstein-minded Zen Master into orbit. What seems to help? A little unmindful task called worm harvesting.
Harvesting worms is something that takes time and concentration, but there is not a whole lot of brain power needed. Truly it is the “wax-on, wax-off” of mind clearing. My business partner and former employees might like to rock out while harvesting, but I prefer solitude and silence. Since I haven’t been able to use the bathroom uninterrupted by myself for the last 10 years, I hold a lot of respect for solitude and silence. My minds is hungry for it, and my entire central nervous system is desperate to be turned on low volume.
The worms don’t talk back. They don’t fight with their sister. They don’t lovingly start sentences with, “What you really should do is…”. They don’t even have a brain (just a couple of neurons up there). Harvesting them is just a simple, mindless, repetitive task that allows your mind and nerves to relax. After 20 minutes of that, you would be amazed at the things your mind can come up with. Sometimes, you just need a break from the constant noise in your life to stay calm and carry on.
When I hand over a local box of worms, or tuck them in to ship…I think to myself, here they are–they’ll eat your scraps and bring you peace of mind. My favorite thing to say is, “yes, I can give you worms.” Little do my customers know that they are getting so much more.