Planting Seeds of HOPE

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Life is a series of events that shape us, change us and build us. 

There are so many times we look at things that happen and wonder how we’re going to get through them.  During those times, we feel tired, overworked, overwhelmed and over our heads. But what if you were just looking at it all wrong?

What if life wasn’t REALLY throwing you lemons?

What if everything that you thought was going wrong, was actually going RIGHT?

Now hear me out.  I’m not talking about taking a “life is a box of skittles and rainbows” approach to everything that happens to you.  I’m not talking about the power of positive thinking or even about sticking your head in the sand and ignoring the challenges that are staring you in the face.

I’m talking about recognizing that every-single-thing that happens to you is actually planting a seed.

We’ve all heard the saying or seen the internet meme “when you thought you were being buried, you were actually being planted” (or some version of the same concept)—but do you know what that really means?

Seeds are pods of potential. 

They hold within them the promise of something wonderful.  But whatever is locked inside of that hard exterior can only come out once it’s been planted.  There it lies, alone in the dark, until it has completed its process of development and growth.  But seeds can’t grow without being nourished.  They need nutrients, light (warmth) and water to strengthen them as they develop.

You are soil and everything that happens in your life is a seed that is planted within you. 

Growth only happens when we are challenged and pushed out of our comfort zones.  Seeds only grow after they’ve been planted and allowed to take root.

Circumstances and situations that come our way are opportunities to plant yet another seed of potential.  From those experiences we have the privilege of having our soil tilled and new opportunities for growth planted.  Our perspective and the way that we respond (not react) to things that happen will shape the fruit that grows from those seeds. 

So what seeds are you allowing to be planted in you? Bitterness? Resentment? Despondency? Depression? Anger? Or are you recognizing your circumstances as opportunities in planting seeds of resiliency? Courage?  Seeds of determination? Seeds of happiness? Seeds of peace? Seeds of success?  Seeds of hope?

All seeds (circumstances) may look the same being planted, but the fruit (or lack of) that comes out as a result is up to us.  Whatever you nurture will grow.  So, what seeds are YOU planting?

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