What Seeds Are You Planting?
When I think of nature, I’m amazed at all the beauty around us. The trees, flowers and all manner of plant life. How does the world get so populated with such beauty? Well, as we know, the winds pick up seeds from these plants, blow them around and then they get replanted in another spot on our earth.
As I think about this cycle and process, I’m reminded of how this is true with all of us. We are out there spreading the seeds of our deeds, thoughts and actions. What seeds are you planting? Are your deeds helpful, loving and kind or are they destructive, disruptive and selfish? Are your thoughts pure and helpful or are they self-centered and self-righteous?
No matter what, we are always planting seeds, good or bad. What kinds of seeds are people taking away when they are near you? Do they get depressed, angry and hurt or do they get inspired, motivated and feel loved? If you just take a little time to think about how others see you and your behavior, it can really shed light on who you truly want to be. Sometimes we may not even know what we are planting. We don’t have the intent to harm anyone. You may need to do some real soul-searching to find out what you are spreading around. If you find that you are being destructive, mean, selfish or just plain nasty to those you come in contact with, there are things you can do to change your behavior.
- You must recognize the behavior which is prohibiting you from being the person you want to be.
- You must then be determined to change the behavior and make the commitment to do what it takes to change.
- You must take action to change the behavior. You could read self-help books, join a group for your undesired behavior, talk with someone who understands and do some real soul searching. This is very hard and requires real commitment and determination. Replace the negative behaviors with something more desirable. For instance, if you call people names all the time, next time you get the urge, say something kind to the person instead.
- You must stay away from temptations which will keep you from changing the behavior. If you don’t, you won’t be able to maintain your improved and better self.
- Forgive yourself for the negative behavior. Yes, we all have slip ups. It doesn’t mean that we can’t continue to strive for what we truly want. Forgive yourself and then get back on track.
You can do anything you set your mind to. Don’t ever forget that! Remember that others are watching you. Your children, co-workers, family and your friends see what you do. What seeds are you wanting to plant? How do you want them to see you? Do you want to make this world a more beautiful place by being the person you truly want to be?
Ask yourself, what are you doing to plant seeds that will make this world a more beautiful place for humanity?