Crisis Handling: the gardener's way

However you voted in the EU referendum, it's clear we are in a crisis, which we need to work through together. So what can we learn from a gardener's approach to a crisis? Here are my top tips:

Pause and take stock

Most people hate uncertainty, so a crisis provokes strong desires for quick-fix solutions, simplistic diagnoses, and scapegoats. However, gardeners cultivate their tolerance for confusion, and will slow down to reflect, before taking action.

Deepen your roots, value your assets

Instead of trying to fix the problem, a better approach to a crisis may be to grow from your strengths, and remember what's good when so much is shaken. In the EU crisis, let's value what's still solid in our own lives and in our nation.

Seek synergy, cool the conflicts

Both gardens and gardeners experience a mix of clashes and cooperation. Under stress, blow-ups and falling-outs are a high risk. It's crucial to look hard for mutual benefits as a way to reduce tension, and this has to be crucial in the UK now.

Renew your vision

In a big mess, it's easy to feel despondent or exhausted by the struggle ahead. What helps is to find a bigger viewpoint that can motivate and unify. Not easy in the EU crisis, but let's hope.

Act local, think global

This works for gardens, people, and communities. Do what you can in the here and now, and aim to spread goodwill. Picture positive outcomes radiating far and wide from this point.

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