I can’t say we were thrilled when we were called by a client the day before thanksgiving to help remove ivy from the side of their house. I thought to myself, “This isn’t what we signed up for when we started Restoring Eden” I suppose I had pictured working on projects we wanted to do- beautiful orchard installations, food forests and land restoration projects. Now I find myself pulling ivy from the swampy side of a house with rat traps all around me! The start-up phase of a business isn’t always glamorous now is it! We can’t really complain too much for having work in the slow season though! And this small 3 hour job did much to remind us of why we do what we do. We have the privilege to serve others with the businesses we create! I cannot claim any altruistic action or motivation in most of the work we do at Restoring Eden but a action does not need altruism or charity as its motive to be a blessing to those who are the recipient. The elderly ladies were more than appreciative of the work we did on such a short notice. It reminds us of a concept in permaculture called community resilience. Its where we intentionally develop communities that demonstrate resilience to adversity. Community resilience loosely defined is the ability of a community to respond to, withstand, and recover from adverse situations. Having rats infest your home as was the case for these women is not fun and is definitely an adverse situation! However, having those who you can call, whether friends, family or neighbor to help is an example of resilience. As mentioned in the video below, its a privileged to be in relationship with our clients and be able to assist them when they are in need! 🙂

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