Have you planted your garden yet? I have – here’s hoping, lol
Anyone who knows me knows that when it comes to plants, vegi’s, flowers or whatever, there’s about a 10% survival rate if they are in my garden.
Thankfully there are more than just garden seeds we can plant, and I have a much better chance at success when I plant these seeds
These seeds that I am referring to are not physical seeds, but rather seeds that can’t be seen. Seeds such as kindness, compassion, gratitude, empathy and other such seeds.
Often these seeds come in the form of words spoken, other times these seeds resemble actions taken, either way, we can all plant these seeds.
Sometimes it takes an effort to plant these seeds and other times it takes no effort at all, either way it is worth planting these seeds.
Let’s start with words. How much effort does it take to speak a kind word of encouragement? I know in my own personal life there have been many times that I have (or almost have) held back on such positive encouragement, not because I don’t want to offer words of encouragement, but maybe I’ve convinced myself that they don’t need to hear them, ‘oh, they already know they are good at this, it’s obvious, so I don’t need to say anything’. Maybe I take for granted what they do and feel that don’t need to hear any more from me. How about a boss with their employee? What does it cost to say “great job”? I can tell you that would go a long way in boosting their productivity. Or how about a husband appreciating all that his wife does and letting her know (and vice versa).
All these are seeds planted.
Or, has there ever been a time that you have felt nudged to say something to a total stranger and you try to talk yourself out of it (or is this only me that this happens to, lol). I was in a supermarket one time when a lady walked past me. She was a rather large lady in a beautiful colorful dress, and as she walked past me I thought to myself, ‘wow, she looks fantastic in that dress, that color looks awesome on her. Here is where I felt that little nudge inside me saying ‘so tell her’. Yikes…you want me to go up to a perfect stranger and tell her that she looks beautiful in that dress? Yes! came the answer from within. So I mustered up my courage (I’m actually rather shy and this was definitely stepping out of my comfort zone) and I went up to her and said “excuse me, I just want to say that you look amazing in that dress”. She looked stunned (probably so did I lol) and she thanked me very much and went on her way. I have to think that if the roles were reversed, that would have made my day, and it cost me nothing.
Then there are actions.
If a friend calls and is really needing a shoulder to lean on, and you have a million things on your to do list, but you stop and take the time to listen to a hurting friend, that is a seed of kindness and compassion planted. How about if you know a friend or neighbour is a little short of cash this month and you show up with a bag of groceries? That is a seed of kindness as well. There are many ways we can use our actions to plant seeds in others lives. Even paying for the guy behind you in the drive thru line’s coffee – it’s random but imagine how that would brighten their day, and maybe it would inspire them to do the same and pass it on. A seed planted.
There are so many ways we could plant seeds in the lives of those around us, we just need to be intentional about thinking of others.
Maybe, as you begin your day, you make a plan to intentionally plant some of these seeds today…and tomorrow…and the next day…and so on and so on.
Don’t hold back good from those who are worthy of it.
Don’t hold it back when you can help
I am a wife, a mom, a nana, a daughter, a sister, an aunt a niece and a friend. Family, friendships and faith are things I place a high value on, in other words, relationships. I am looking forward to reaching out and connecting with you through this blog, and it is my hope that I can bring a glimmer of encouragement and hope as we embark on this journey together