‘When you plant a seed, it takes time for it to grow into a tree, and even longer for that tree to bear fruit. Before anything even happens the seedling must first take root, and to do so, it requires nourishment.’
Such words are a relatively familiar paradigm, one which I’ve come across a handful of times. In each instance the message has a powerful impact.
As adults we have the tendency to imitate children who plant the seed, and then, with excited anticipation, dig it up the next day to see if it has sprouted. Our impatience gets the best of us and barely a day, or if we are really “patient,” a week, will go by before we get antsy about seeing the results. The blaring question is always, “How far have I… or how far has “it” come?”
Most often, just like that seed, not far enough.
How regularly do you set an intention and then give it up because it has not generated the desired results, quickly enough?
On the other hand, how often do you set an intention, reap some level of reward or view some level of progress, then move on, disregarding that objective? After all, it has taken root and now half-expect it to continue flourishing on its own?
Even when something takes root, be it related to your body, your life or business, it still requires consistent attention. It needs nurturing.
Our ideas, practices, habits and relationships are like seedlings: they require continued nourishment and care. Even if what was initially planted changes as the years evolve, those seedlings, having developed into saplings, will continue to grow given ongoing nurture.
Where in your life would you like to see growth or progress? Is it flexibility (of the mind or body)? Is it a new strength or new business? Whatever it may be, can you set an intention and make a commitment to it today… and then commit to it for the coming six months to a year before fully analyzing its growth?
With love and light,
Rachel (to receive these weekly, subscribe below :) )