Life’s seasons are amazing and full of surprises, some of which you are not quite prepared for-winter rains fill up the creeks, soothe your soul as you take a walk in the midst of rushing water on the way to a cascading waterfall. Yet there is that tipping point-that edge-when too much rain becomes a major storm. Like many challenges we face in life, we sometimes wonder if that storm will ever end. But it does. We also know that after the storm there is a sense of calmness, clarity and beauty. We feel lighter.
Then spring comes- the wild flowers, the blossoms on the fruit trees and the birds sing their song. The crisp evening sky, the many stars and magic of the moon remind you that you’re not alone; We live in an amazing universe.
With its sense of optimism and hope, you ready yourself for the spring ritual of planting seeds. You think about what you want to harvest and begin preparing the soil for planting. You pull out the weeds-those limiting beliefs that clutter your mind and are in the way of your moving forward with your life. The seeds you choose to plant become possibilities embedded in the garden of your rich fertile subconscious mind.
How you cultivate your garden determines your harvest. Sometimes you pour seeds directly from the package onto the soil-other times you follow a systematic plan of planting every few inches. Some seeds and we don’t know which ones, emerge from the darkness into the light and become life affirming plants that nurture us in many ways.
Not only do they provide food for your body, they provide food for your soul. From the darkness there is a miraculous process that gives birth to creation. That’s the way it was for each of us. We emerged from the darkness of the womb into the light of the day.
What we harvest in the future from these seeds becomes our destiny. This spring let us be inspired by the ritual of spring to think bigger–to think about what we can plant that will transcend our normal way of looking at spring-to think of spring as a time of possibility. With that in mind, be sure to plant some seeds, possibilities that won’t have to be replanted next year, that will grow and be harvested and enjoyed by future generations. We are creating a vision that will determine the future for ourselves, the generations to come after us, and the planet earth.
Sometimes an inspiring poem says it all. This poem, written in 500 B.C. by an anonymous Chinese poet, is most poignant.
If you are thinking a year ahead,
If you are thinking ten years ahead,
plant a tree.
If you are thinking one hundred years ahead,
educate the people.
By sowing seed once,
you will harvest once.
By planting a tree,
you will harvest tenfold.
By educating the people,
you will harvest one hundredfold.
We educate with ideas. We lead with vision. When enough of us share the same vision and commit to it becoming a reality, we create an unstoppable force-a force of possibility-a possibility of love and connection, a possibility of peace on the planet.
As spring unfolds may the seeds you plant renew your sense of hope and optimism. May you be inspired by the journey.
You know I love to hear from you. What possibilities are you cultivating. Please feel free to share Letters on Life with those in your circle.
Some of you may know this already. I am creating a new book. The working title is Loose Ends: Adventures in Uncertainty. I am looking for readers to read what I’ve written and give me feedback as to what they like and don’t like. This is the early phases, so there is still a lot more to do. Let me know if you are interested.
Enjoy the journey.
Mark Susnow, JD, knows change. Mark is an Executive Coach, Life-Discovery Guide and recognized thought leader who inspires others to believe in themselves.