Saturday, April 10, 2021

Planting Seeds, Part 2

      Last week we were discussing planting seeds to build the future that we want to see.  We agreed that it's a bit like planting seeds in a garden, because you need to be specific about what you want to see, you need to have a plan for where it should grow, and you need to be wise about your timing.

     First, be specific.  We have all seen things in our society that we don't like or agree with.  Perhaps it's racial equality and justice, prison reform, economic opportunities for all, overpopulation, equitable health care, telling the truth instead of spinning lies to manipulate people, climate change, pollution . . . the list goes on and on.  Choose one.  Choose one that stirs your passion.  Choose one that you can envision helping to make a difference.  No, you won't be able to do this alone; the problems are too big.  But choose.

    Next, have a plan.  The chances are that there are already organizations or movements that are addressing your chosen issue.  See if you can align with their motives and methods.  If not, start your own.  Ask for help.  Change won't come without some buy-in and assistance from others.  Also, be wise about where you want to see the change happen.  If possible, keep it local.  That way, you can be part of the movement toward change in your community and you will see the results on a personal level.

     Finally, be wise about your timing.  Just as you don't plant tomatoes in January snow drifts, you want to make sure your community is awake and aware enough to desire change, and to help you achieve it.  Otherwise, you risk just beating your head against the wall.  People resist change when they don't see the need or have any buy-in.  This takes wisdom.  Rely on the wisdom and insight of others.

     So, let's get out there!  Let's plant some seeds!  Let's build a better future for all of us.

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Saturday, April 3, 2021

Planting Seeds

      Perhaps you follow some of the leaders in the metaphysical world -- people who say that we're in a rebuilding phase in the evolution of our society.  One of the things I've read over and over is that this year is the time to plant seeds for building the future that we want.

     I was thinking about that -- planting seeds.  In some parts of the world, this is the time to tidy up our gardening spots, amend the soil, till perhaps, and start planning what we want to grow, and where.  We need to be specific and have a plan to make sure we have as much success as Mother Nature allows.  

     Similarly, in planning for a better future, we need to be specific and we need to plan.  What are some seeds that we want to see sprout and grow in the future?  I know that for many of us, it's clearer to say what we DON'T want than what we DO desire.

     But that's no way to plant a garden, is it?  I mean, you wouldn't go to your local garden center and ask to buy a packet of "non-onion" seeds, would you?  What would non-onion seeds be, anyway?  Carrots, parsley, corn, tomatoes, rutabagas?  No, you need to be specific.  You need to know what you do want.

     Also, you need to have a plan.  In a garden, you wouldn't plant corn under heavy shade or delicate herbs in the hottest, sunniest plot, would you?  Similarly, you wouldn't plant your tomatoes in the midst of winter, would you?  In the same way, you need to make sure your seed is planted in just the right conditions and at the best time.  More on this next week.  

(photo courtesy of pixabay.com)