Sow New Seeds, Grow New Trees (365 Days of Spirited Living – DAY 77)
“To get something you never had, you have to do something you never did.”
— José N. Harris
If a tree is not planted, there’s no opportunity for it to grow. The same is true of life. People who grow the most are those who take time to plant seeds in their lives of learning, solving, and understanding. Then, they cultivate those seeds by turning their discoveries into points of action. Each day you live is a chance not just to live, but to absorb knowledge and learn more about the world around you and your place in it.
Take time to get out of your comfort zone. It is easy to live in our comfort zone, but we rarely grow there. It’s possible to be working, but not be productive. Most of what you want lives and moves outside of the space where you feel familiar and are less prone to fear and anxiety. Outside of your place of ease is a vast world and a colossal amount of knowledge that is waiting for you to dive in and experiment with new things.
You can start planting new seeds in your life right now. Meet new people, and not just anybody. Connect with people who inspire you, motivate you, and push you to succeed in life. Think. Write down new ideas. When you see a problem that is universal, instead of complaining about it, find a solution to it or create a solution for it. Never stop learning. Learn a new language, a new skill, a new hobby, a new subject, or random facts you never thought existed. Find new ways to do things you’ve been doing for a long time. Visit new places, new cities, and even new countries. You never know what opportunities lie on the other side of the seeds you sow.
Here’s the thing about planting seeds. Seeds take time to grow. Trees do not appear overnight. The well-rounded, stable life you want will not just happen overnight. It will take time. Over time, you will begin to see progress and if you’re paying attention, you will see how taking that new college course opened the door for your dream job. Seeds must take on another form. When they take on this transformation, you and the people around you will appreciate it.
With time and a willingness to change, you can grow into the strong, smart, and satisfied individual you were meant to be. No matter how hard it is, start planting new seeds in your life today. A little growth over time is better than no growth at all. What you sow in your life now is what you will reap in your life later. Enjoy the experience of transforming into the person you want to be and were designed to be.
“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.”
— Robert Louis Stevenson