Spring has finally arrived and folks are now in the process of planting various kinds of seeds with a variety of harvesting to come in the fall of the year. It is easy to plant a seed. However there are some very important processes for the seed to grow into whatever is expected for harvest. Seeds are put in the ground, watered, tilled, fertilized and finally the product of the seed is ready to be used.
I am reminded of a picture I have of a sunflower with the words “The garden of life” written as the theme of the picture. I will write the entire message at the end of my article. This message is one that I wish to pass on to those who are planting seeds. Not only do the seeds of plants bring a bountiful harvest, each person who plants a seed in life reaps a bountiful harvest. I find odd pictures and plaques with special poems and writings on them and find out how I can benefit from the messages shared. I also found a plaque with the word seeds and the message to go with the word. “S- Sincere E –Enthusiasm E- everyday D –develops S- success. This is very true. If a farmer plans to have fruits and vegetables on his farm, he must plant the seeds. He must follow through with care for the seeds he plants by watering, weeding, fertilizing and tending the plants as they grow. Only then can the farmer harvest the result of his work. Gardening takes time, patience, faith and lots of work from planting the seed to harvesting the product of the seed planted.
Each of us started out in life as a small seed then as a baby who needed lots of attention, food, water, love and encouragement from our families as we grew into adulthood. As a parent, do you remember your baby’s first steps, first words, or the first time he or she accomplished a new task? Children are enthusiastic and want to try something new each day. As they grow, they need to feel love, security and the tender care of their parents. They need to feel special. Children, teens and adults need to find out what gifts and talents they have and then use those talents to become successful. Gifts and talents are like seeds. We need to nurture and feed the gifts and talents and watch them grow until they can be harvested for others.
As adults, we need to use the seeds theory of being sincere in what we do and how we treat others. We need enthusiasm and faith in ourselves to try new things and to become the best we can be. We need to begin every day with a goal and believe that we are working toward that goal. We need to develop good work habits. We need to find ways to use our time wisely for ourselves and we need to sow a seed of the gifts we have to give. Sharing our time and talents with others puts seeds of hope into tomorrow. If we do these things and work to be the best we can be and do what we can to make a difference in the lives of others, we can be successful in whatever we set our goals to be.
When we plant seeds, we expect a harvest. If we receive a harvest, we must work to cultivate the seeds, have faith in the seeds we plant and give the seeds a chance to blossom into the dreams of what the harvest is supposed to produce. As we tend to our seeds and reap the result of the harvest, we need to be thankful and share it with others.
In this world of today, let us plant seeds of encouragement, prayers for peace, support of our neighbors and hope for a brighter tomorrow. I do not know who wrote the message on my sunflower picture but it is special and I wish to share the words as I close.
Garden of Life…….An ordinary seed grew in a garden. Exactly like no other, it was unique in all the world. Warmed by the sun and nurtured by the earth, the seed grew tall, strong and beautiful. It learned from others who lived in the garden, and in time it bloomed. With no fear of breaking, it danced with the wind, tasted the rain, and reached for the sun. It scattered petals for those whom it had touched to remember it by, and sprinkled new seeds so that life could begin again. The ordinary seed had become a glorious sunflower and, like each of us, was a part of the miracle in the circle of life.
…May the seeds you plant, grow with wisdom and shower others with love, hope and inspirations. May others follow your planting of seeds for those to use in the days and years ahead. Can you imagine what a wonderful world would be harvested if we planted the seeds to make a difference in each life we touched. Begin planting your special seeds this spring and see the unique harvest reaped by all.