“If you don’t like the crop you are reaping, check the seed you are sowing.”
I know this might sound simple. But the truth is the quality of your seed is the quality of your tree.
I took a walk in my family garden a few weeks back and I spent some time looking at the orange tree.
A small piece of earth housing many vegetables and spices lined the edge of the kitchen window that the garden faced. I noted a few rough looking fruits and realized that they were lemons.
I was ecstatic!
I concluded that they were one of those genetically modified seeds that are so common these days. That or they were probably grafted.
I think this is one of the few times when we don’t reap exactly what we sow-but this hardly ever happens. Almost always, life gives us exactly what we put in the ground.
Our seeds are a sign of the health of our trees.
So how conscious are we of the things we say or do?
Most times I’ve realized that when we’re stuck and not reaping the right fruits, we may just be sowing the wrong seeds.
And in such situations, I wonder the last time I tried something new. Something so out of my league that I had to be scared or really courageous to do.
And at such times when I feel stunted, I’ve discovered vulnerability is the step I’m not taking. And this is especially true for most of us.
Truth is, being teachable and vulnerable will not only air your fields but will sun your seeds.
Moisture is welcomed easily when the field is open and it’s the same for all of us.
So feeling a little airtight? You might just need to do something challenging- something that will take your breath away, quite literally.
And whilst doing it, remember to not be afraid to make mistakes.
This is because failure is the productive path to success and each one brings with it its own lessons.
Take for instance Thomas Edison who did not consider the 999 times he failed while trying to invent the light bulb a mistake. Instead he called it 999 ways that did not work.
Leadership expert Peter Drucker says, “The better a man is, the more mistakes he will make, for the more new things he will try.”
Bestselling author John Maxwell observed, “Mistakes are signposts that direct us to the right path and push us towards greater maturity.”
So if you are feeling your fruits are out of season, it may be time to plant new ones.
To truly withstand the storms, a tree needs to be firmly rooted.
And in season if we’re watchful and vulnerable, we’ll produce rich, healthy, tasty fruits.