The first motivational element is autonomy. I see the organic gardening and sustainability movements as a way for us to acknowledge our autonomy and control of our food sources. We have the ability to chose organic versus GMO products, seasonal versus non-seasonal, or canned and dried versus chemically preserved. Growing our food is a huge part of feeling grounded and satisfaction in our daily hectic lives.
For me, the element of mastery in the garden encompasses the prepping of the soil, sowing of the seeds, nurturing of the plants, harvesting the of the crops, and preserving of the food. When cruising through the blogosphere, I am continually amazed by the information available from bloggers who are well on their way to mastery or have mastered the activities of organic sustainable eating.
Purpose is the final motivating ingredient. All gardeners seem driven by purpose first. We want our families to have healthy sustainable foods sources, reduce our impact on the earth and live a simpler more connected life. What better purpose is there?
Drive is about what has motivated people in business world and how the old practices need to evolve to make the contemporary workplace more meaningful, sustainable and productive. I feel proud that we gardeners are way ahead of the game!