~ Lailah Gifty Akita, inspirational writer from Ghana.
September is upon us! 2016 seems to be flying by. With September comes (hopefully)
cooler weather, thoughts of the final harvest of the growing season, and preparation for
the fall and winter ahead. Even if we haven’t tended to a traditional garden through the
spring and summer months, we each still harvest what we’ve sown.
What have you sown since 2016 began eight months ago?
Every day we plant seeds. Maybe they’re not plant or vegetable seeds, but they are seeds nonetheless. Have you planted: Seeds of encouragement and confidence, or seeds of doubt and fear? Seeds of compassion and happiness , or seeds of scorn and judgement.? Seeds of empathy and kindness, or seeds of anger and insecurity? Seeds of gratitude or seeds of greed? Seeds of support or seeds of jealousy? I like to call these seeds of attitude and perspective!
How often do we find ourselves in a frustrating situation, when things don’t seem to be going our way? I am a firm believer that the Universe has a Divine Plan for each of us, and what seems to be negative, is opening the way for the positive. Just today, I saw the face of someone that I knew had been kind to me, just as I was kind to her. I couldn’t put my finger on how we knew each other initially, but, after we parted, it became clear. What I did know, was the seed of kindness had been planted between us in the past, and now, she will be working in a store that I frequent weekly. Our mutual kindness will be reactivated in a new arena.
Alternatively, there are some people that, try as I might to be positive, I receive seeds of anger, fear and/or jealousy in return. In cases like this, seeds of compassion are called for. Generally, these people do not know what they are expressing, but I can see the fear and insecurities that lie beneath their actions. Perhaps, if I react with kindness, their fear will begin to melt away.
We can be sure that what we sow comes back to us. In fact, we have a harvest every single day. As the law of attraction states, what we focus on, we get more of. For instance, I recall a time when finances were tight, yet I stayed positive, knowing things would be flowing to me. Around that time, I started finding $20 bills on the street next to my car whenever I went to the post office This literally happened several weeks in a row. I knew my harvest was on its way! But, if we don’t plant positive seeds, our harvest will reflect that. An alternative response for me can often be health challenges. I know that if I do not eat healthy, balanced, wheat/flour/sugar-free meals, then my harvest will be very painful joints. Because I’m human I sometimes fail in this area, but, the pain I experience is strong enough to remind me to treat my stomach with compassion!
Seeds germinate at different rates, just as some flower or vegetable seeds sprout right away; others take quite a while to gather the strength needed to push up through the soil to the light. The same holds true with the seeds of attitude and perspective that we plant each day. When we show compassion and kindness to another person, that compassion and kindness will come back to us. It may not happen immediately, but it will happen. If we encourage others and have confidence in ourselves, that will pay off and come back to us. An example of this is whenever I teach; I typically will review and research, and rediscover information that perhaps I’d forgotten about. I love to teach and share information about Feng Shui. What many may not know is that I receive positive benefits through renewed insights about my own life – every time I teach! So I benefit from sharing my love of Feng Shui and encouraging others, just as much as my students benefit from the teachings I share!
The same holds true for the seeds of an idea or project. Do we sow those seeds by sharing them with others we trust, or do we ignore it or keep it to ourselves? The seeds of an idea or project can take months, or even years, to blossom and grow, just like some flowering trees and bushes who grow strong, but don’t bloom for several years.
It’s not too late. What will you plant today?
Every single day we get to decide which seeds we’re going to plant. We choose the seeds of attitude and perspective that we want more of. Take a moment to think about what you are planting today. It might be a seed that sprouts quickly and presents you with a harvest of new friendship, support, or a kindness repaid. Or, it might be a seed that has to live in the cold, hard ground of winter for several months before it pops through the soil into the spring sun with the
promise of a new season.
Let’s go about our days in a mindful way that allows us to create a daily harvest of joy, kindness, happiness, and success for ourselves and those around us.