On Fertile Ground

When I first heard the words Ground and Fertile together my mind went to flowers and produce, trees and foodstuffs.  Then I got it. We are the Ground, more specifically our minds. If as children we learn that it is acceptable, even necessary, to question then we will grow up to have open minds. An open mind is a fertile one.  And a fertile mind will allow ideas to germinate.

Progress happens through hard work yes but also through tenacity, perseverance and I believe a certain amount of luck.  Sometimes, plain dumb luck.  Let’s face it we have nearly destroyed ourselves many times. But we didn’t, fortunately. So, we continue to evolve.  We need forward thinkers, people who think outside the box. We need to face our fears, not to progress in spite of them but to use them. Our fears protect us and they inspire us.

We can’t all be movers and shakers. We can’t all be instruments of change. Or can we? Anyone who reads me regularly knows that I am a big believer in the Domino Effect. For those of you who are new to me, please allow me to explain. When you smile at someone on the street for no reason other than it is a beautiful day you may cause that person you meet to smile at another and then that person smiles at another and somewhere along the line someone who is feeling terribly down decides that life is worth living. Does this really happen?  I believe it could.

When I write these posts it is often because of things I have heard or seen that inspires me. It makes me want to ask questions, to understand something. Often it is other blogs I read or comment on that cause my mind to take perhaps another path. I am inspired by life. That sounds terribly simplistic but it really is that simple.

The people that enable our world to move forward or those that create are often inspired by things they may not even remember. Comments that were made when they were children can steer them towards a path they had not thought of before. Part of a casual conversation overheard on the street, or read briefly somewhere may trigger an idea.  We are constantly affected by those around us, by the sights and sounds of life. Sometimes we are aware of it and sometimes we are not but we are constantly being touched. And changed.

I would be very careful of what you say in public or what you write because it may be read by someone who then mentions it at a dinner party and then someone has the idea that . . .  Or perhaps the next great step forward in our evolution may simply have been stimulated by the ravings of a madman. Does it make you wonder?

38 thoughts on “On Fertile Ground

  1. Mark Lanesbury

    I’m fertilizing away as much as I can dear lady…not sure if its landed softly, bounced wobbly or gone kersplat. But you dear lady have caused great growth, convincing many to ask of themselves what your words mean to them as you bring change into their midst. Great post 😀

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  2. Murphy’s Law

    Pam, your words are always inspiring, whether you’re being dead serious, funny as hell, or just throwing a thought out there for us to either catch or ignore. I have yet to read a post from you that I didn’t like or that didn’t make me sit back and ponder.

    Our words are very important and we should pay close attention to how we use them. I agree with you….we help each other. Now that’s a comforting thought!
    Ginger

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  3. Dale

    I could not agree more. Our minds are fertile ground indeed. And the best part (illness excluded) is, we can constantly add more seeds. We are never to old to learn and share and hopefully, pass on more to others.

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  4. Sorryless

    I totally believe in the domino effect. How many times have we read about how a good deed inspired someone to start a fundraiser? Remember when all these stories were coming out about how someone would pay for a person’s meal in a drive-thru and that sparked a chain reaction?

    And then, as you say, a smile on the street between strangers, can change the day someone is having just like that.

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  5. Dan Antion

    I have often been inspired here, and by madmen (not necessarily the same). I once wrote about offering the suggestion of a madman and being forced to implement same. As they say about superstition. “it’s only crazy if it doesn’t work.”

    I’ll take inspiration wherever I can find it.

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  6. K.L. Hale

    Your words are inspiring and fall like wise seeds in our fertile minds. I’m with you on the Domino Effect. We really can be better together if we want (and sadly, be no good together if we choose). Great wisdom, Pam. 🤍

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  7. bikerchick57

    Oh boy, I have been “raving” lately, but hopefully in a good sense. I completely understand what you are saying, Pam. When we smile or are kind or perform good acts, it can be a wave of others doing the same. I believe it too!

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    1. quiall Post author

      I’m with you! I’m not ready to let the world in. I’m not sure I’m ready to go out in the world. But I’m getting too comfortable in my hermit mode and I need to change that. So I will go out, suitably masked and practice distancing. For a little while longer.

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  8. rangewriter

    Well there’s no shortage of raving madmen out there. But I like spreading smiles. It always sort of surprises me and lifts my heart when I have eye contact with a stranger and we exchange warm smiles as we pass. A smile is so cheap. But reaps such a rich reward.

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    1. quiall Post author

      I love the idea of sharing a smile with someone I don’t know and I hope that they pass it on and the next person passes it on and the next…

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