SEEDS OF LIFE

“If you’re still hanging onto a dead dream of yesterday, laying flowers on its grave by the hour, you cannot be planting the seeds for a new dream to grow today” ~ Joyce Chapman 

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Have you ever felt dried up and useless? Nothing works out? I certainly have.

Once, while struggling with disappointment and failure, I went outside and sat on the steps of my deck to mope. A dead morning glory vine entwined around the railing. It looked about as lifelike as I felt. Then my gaze fell on a tiny seedpod. While I stared at the pod, I remembered an important truth—Inside that dried up pod was life. I broke it open and five black seeds fell into my hand. They looked dead too. However, in the right environment—moist soil and warm sun— a green vine would emerge and soon be covered in glorious flowers. Sometimes we feel dried up, useless, and in a sense, dead. But inside us are seeds of experience, ideas, wisdom, and creativity. We just need to put them in the right environment.

What does the right environment look like for you? Maybe it is when you forgive. Perhaps you need to get additional training. Do you need to rethink the direction you are heading? For me it meant trying again—and again.

Focus on the seeds in your soul. Give them a chance to live. Even if you feel you only have one itsy bitsy seed, plant it! One Morning Glory seed reproduces hundreds of seeds. And so it will be with you.

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IMPOSSIBLE?

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There is an interesting tree in Liss, England. It is hollow in the middle. Much like the one I imagined the Keebler elves live. You can actually go inside it, look up, and see the sky. It is empty, yet it lives. And it doesn’t  just live, it thrives as you can see in the picture.

I think of that tree every time I feel like I’ve failed or not measured up somehow. Sometimes I feel as hollow as that tree, and yet, I can—I must— thrive as it does.

How do I do that?

I have to make a decision. How am I going to use this “failure” experience? Am I going to let chew away at my soul, or am I going to use it as a learning tool? You know, failure can be an excellent tool. Not only can I learn from it but I can use this experience to connect and help others. Just like this tree, I should welcome others to walk inside my experiences and see that it is possible to thrive no matter what happens.

If you’ve failed, I’m so sorry. But now it is time to examine the experience, write down what you’ve learned, and from that vantage point—grow and thrive!