As You Sow, So Shall You Reap
For a tree to grow, you require a seed first. But if you don’t water it and give it sunlight, it will never grow. The only plant that grows in arid areas is a cactus and you hurt yourself on its needles while extracting nourishment from it. The same holds true for relationships. It’s the easiest thing in the world to start a relationship. But there is a huge difference between a ‘relationship’, a ‘smooth relationship’ and a ‘prickly relationship.’ There is a saying, ‘As you sow, so shall you reap,’ and nothing could be truer of a relationship. It’s not something that grows by itself, stays engaging only because the seed is sown. A relationship is one of the most important things in our lives yet we take it for granted most of the time. We stop investing in people close to us and see it as a drain to constantly give to them when in actuality you’re reaping the rewards of it.
If you’re a parent, sow something into your kids that you will be proud of in years to come. If you have a loved one in your life, sow something into that relationship that will strengthen your bond. If you’re middle-aged, start looking after your health now so that you can remain energized in the years ahead. If you’re an employee, sow something into your career that will benefit you in a year’s time. If you’re a leader, invest in your people and watch them grow, increasing their effectiveness and giving you a long-term benefit. After all, whatever you’ll sow, so shall you reap.
Robert Louis Stevenson once said, “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.” You are what you are today because of seeds you’ve sown in the past. You have what you have today, because of the decisions you have chosen previously. In short, today is the harvest of the seeds, which were planted yesterday by you.
Choose to live with integrity – Telling the truth, dealing honestly with others, etc. will help you find others seem more trustworthy. As you begin to give others the benefit of the doubt, they will be more willing to give you the benefit of the doubt in return.
Choose a good attitude. People are less likely to be hostile if you approach them with a positive attitude. View a situation as an opportunity to solve a problem in a way that works well for everyone. Be kind and helpful towards everyone as you might also need others someday to be of your help and if you’re hostile towards them, no one will help you in your need.
Choose to take good care of yourself. The better you feel physically and mentally, the easier it is to have a positive attitude. Being irritable doesn’t help and it hurts your emotional health by damaging your relationships. Take care of your physical health as it stimulates a good mental health. Eat healthy, exercise regularly, and drink lots of water for healthy living.
In short, if you sow negativity, you will reap unpleasant results. However, if you sow kindness, optimism, and wisdom, you will certainly reap a positive life.