Planting a Seed

Each spring we anticipate the joy of bringing life into our gardens. We plan and choose and anxiously wait for the frost to leave the ground. We knowingly plant our gardens and wait for the flowers to bloom forth bringing the beauty that we know exists just below the surface. We are proud of our efforts and spend hundreds of thousands of dollars, perhaps more, on something that is often ephemeral. Hmmmm . . .

Wouldn’t it be nice to plant a seed that we could see bloom everyday?   Actually, we can. We also plant other seeds every day but we probably aren’t aware of it. A smile, a wave, a wink or a nod: simple gestures that can actually have lasting ramifications. We have no idea how many people we touch in a single day, a single hour and yet touch them we do. And that’s where the seeds take root.

Unfortunately, those seeds, those ideas, we plant aren’t always positive. Anger has a nasty way of leaving it’s mark long after the argument is done. Fear can last for generations, all from a single seed planted by people we don’t even know. Racism, bigotry, prejudice, the list is endless. We have the power with in ourselves to make a difference. Within our hands, our hearts and our minds are the seeds that we can spread willingly and positively. We are in control, but do we know it?

Each one of us has a need to be nurtured, protected, in order to properly thrive. It is the height of hubris to think that others don’t have the same need. There are more than 7 billion people on this earth and we all have something in common: Life. We need to share it in order to fully blossom.

It’s a little heady to think that we have this power, this opportunity to improve ourselves and those around us. When we catch the eye of a stranger do they see kindness and charity in our eyes or do they see fear and disdain. We can control that. We can control the narrative.

In 100 years you and I will probably be forgotten. In 50 years there might be a faint echo of us in those who are children now. In 25 years we should still be a part of the conversation, perhaps only in passing. Tomorrow and the next day I want to be a continuing part of that narrative. I want to plant seeds of compassion and empathy in those around me. In that way I can pay it forward and see the beauty that sleeps just below the surface. How about you?

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21 thoughts on “Planting a Seed

  1. scifihammy

    I totally agree with you. 🙂 It takes such little effort to be nice to someone; to smile at a stranger; to help someone in difficulties. Much better to plant these kinds of seeds than anger and resentment.

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  2. Jill Dunbar

    A great post, Pam….I also want to plant the same seeds and pay forward and also see and smell the blooms.

    Thank you for reminding me of the beauty and the need to fully blossom.

    Peace and love,

    ~ Jill ~

    “Aspire to inspire before you expire”

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      1. Mark Lanesbury

        I was just planting emoticon ‘seeds’ with smiles, grins and love on here because as you said…’when you catch the eye of a stranger do they see kindness and charity in our eyes or do they see fear and disdain’…and as you can’t actually see me doing it, I thought I’d send my emotions via the emoticons 😀

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  3. Donna Florack

    I like the idea of paying it forward. Have you ever gone through a drive-through and had the cashier tell you that your order is free, that the driver in front of you paid for your order, too? I have. It’s awesome. There are too few people who want to be kind to others. By the way, it was at a Tim Horton’s. My order was less than $3. I offered to pay for the car behind me, and the cashier told me, “You don’t want to do that. Their order is over $20.” I didn’t have that much. Oh, well.

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  4. Kate@VanhaTaloSuomi

    Nice commentary. 🙂
    I’ve always looked at the future as something that is actually happening in the present.
    In other words, what we do and say as well as all the choices and decisions we make each day have a direct bearing on our future. The future we hope for isn’t achieved just by letting years pass one by one. Hoping it all amounts to something – and it will be someting we’ll enjoy.
    Instead, our future is formed through the combined passing of time as well as our past – the moments that make up our present day to day lives..
    Creating and developing each day NOW has a bearing on the future we wish to have later.

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