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A lesson on life from planting sugar snap peas

There is a 70° chance it will show one inch tonight; the temperature is 36°F,  the humidity is 74% and the dewpoint is 28°F.  It is cold outside, but I planted sugar snap peas today.


Apparently sugar snap peas can grow when it’s cold. According to Cornell University, peas grow best in the spring and early summer when the temperatures are between 60°F and 75°F.

Peas can thrive when the conditions aren’t perfect. Peas don’t have to wait until the heat of summer to grow. Peas thrive when they have a bit of adversity.

A conversation between two pea seeds

“Dang it’s cold. I would love to take a hot bath, but we have work to do. We have to grow. Come on now, grow! Grow!”

“I don’t want to grow now. I am cold. I want to wait until June. This is unfair. I am not going to grow until it warms up.”

Have you ever felt like a pea seed that hates the cold?

You want to do something, maybe make something, write a book, start walking, stop picking your nose, or quit drinking coffee because you just found out you have osteoporosis? But, you don’t do anything now because you want to wait until the conditions are perfect?

You will start writing the book when you can wear sandals again. You write better when it is warm and your feet can breathe. You want to start walking, but you can’t start now because you can only start when the first day of the month is a Tuesday. You can’t stop picking your nose until the full moon and you won’t  stop drinking coffee until your prepaid card for coffee is used up.


Start your projects when conditions aren’t perfect

“The maxim, “Nothing prevails but perfection,” may be spelled PARALYSIS.”
― Winston S. Churchill


Think like a pea seed. All you need is to be planted outdoors in full sun.

What is full sun for a person? Believe. Believe in yourself and grow. Grow when it is cold. Grow when life isn’t perfect. Listen to Winston S. Churchill and Randy Pausch who said, “It’s not the things we do in life that we regret on our deathbed, it is the things we do not.”—Randy Pausch


What about you. Do you wait until life is perfect to start a new project?

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About Pamela Hodges

My name is Pamela Hodges. I am a writer and an artist. I write to encourage and to bring laughter. I paint cats, draw cartoons and write books for children and grown ups.

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  • I love “…you can only start when the first day of the month is a Tuesday…” Guess it’s time to quit making excuses and sugar snap to it! Even when conditions are less than perfect.

    • Pamela Hodges

      Yes, lets sugar snap to it!

    • Hello Ramona,
      I keep waiting for the first day of the month to be Tuesday. It happened in March and the next one is in November.
      I hope you are having a sugar snap day today.

  • Berdeane Bodley

    If we wait for conditions to be perfect, we would never do anything, so sugar snap it is!

    • Hi Mom,
      You are right. Nothing would ever get done.
      Sugar snap day it is.

  • Wonderful analogy for getting motivated despite conditions! It’s gonna be a sugar snap pea week!

    • Susan W A

      OK, we have a new motivational saying! “It’s gonna be a sugar snap pea week!” Love it!
      – Have a sugar snap pea day!
      – Go for the sugar snap pea way!
      – Just Sugar snap pea it!

      Here’s to “thinking like a pea seed”!

      • Susan- Guess I coined a new saying without realizing it! Love your added sayings!

        • Oh, I love this too. I love your fun sayings Susan. You did start something John!

        • EmFairley

          I love them all. Thanks both of you!

  • EmFairley

    Love this, Pamela. I think we’re all skilled procrastinators, putting off something or other for some reason or another, but the time is now. Face your fear. Embrace it, but remember to breathe.

    Em xoxo

    • Hello Em,
      Thank you for the reminder. The time is now.
      I remembered to breathe today.