My father was a farmer in Clare, Michigan. Growing up in that environment of soil, seed, crops, silos and equipment gave me a great appreciation for nature and how nurture plays just as important of a role.
Even today, I enjoy growing and gardening. If you’ve been to our home, you’ll know we have plants and flowers of all kinds growing.
I even have grape vines growing on the house. I love it! We usually have a vegetable garden, but unfortunately this year we didn’t have the time.
I like to think in terms of seeds and plants and how we need to plant meaningful seeds and nurture them in our everyday lives.
The Incredible Tiny Seed
Have you ever thought of how much power a little seed contains? A seed as small as a dot can grow into a massive Sequoia.
The incredible potential inside a tiny seed, coupled with the interplay of nature and nurture, can produce a tree, a beautiful flower or food for our table.
Have you ever thought yourself planting seeds full of potential?
What seeds do you have inside just waiting to come out?
Living from the inside out helps us plant meaningful seeds and help others in our circles of influence, such as family, friends and co-workers. The seeds we spread may impact people we don’t even know. Maybe even people all over the world! You never know the power in one simple seed.
However, it takes action to get that seed to blossom from the inside out. You can’t just let the seed sit in the package.
A Seed’s Lowly Beginnings
A beautiful flower starts as a seed and goes through many stages before it blossoms. You might recognize some of these stages; the life cycle of a seed closely correlates with the human life cycle.
When a seed is planted in good soil and supplied with warmth, water, and nutrients to grow, the life cycle begins. The seed stays in the darkness of the soil, growing and receiving nutrients. Eventually, the seed is ready to come out of its shell and survive on its own.
The seed is still tiny, but strong. It grows little roots down to build a strong foundation, and little sprouts up to receive light and nutrients. During the growing process, it withstands good and bad times, times of rest and times of rapid growth. High winds pull at its roots. Cold and hot temperature extremes make it weary. Sometimes it doesn’t receive the proper nutrients, but in times of plenty or times of lack, it withstands the elements and grows stronger.
There are times when the tender growth shoots up overnight. The scrawny, awkward shoot isn’t beautiful, but it has to go through the pimply teenage phase. As soon as the leaves emerge, the root system continues developing to anchor the plant into the ground and grow more roots which help the plant learn what it needs to grow.
Buds and Blossoms
The time for a plant to bloom is different for each one. Some take months while others take years to bloom. After a while, buds develop. As the flower forms, the petals become noticeable, brightly colored, and robustly beautiful to attract pollinators. 😊
When the flower has bloomed and is ready, it spreads more seeds to help other plants grow. And the life cycle starts all over again.
Take a Cue from Nature
With this example of growing seeds from the inside out, let’s take a cue from nature and apply this concept to what we want to cultivate in our lives.
You don’t have to plant your whole garden at once. Start by planting just one seed. Then plant another and another. Take care of those seeds throughout the cycle, and you’ll reap a harvest daily.
Before you start, make sure to establish yourself in good soil. Remember you have to dig deep and put in the effort. To achieve anything worthwhile takes intention, action and hard work. But when you take the time to grow as your authentic self from the inside out, you’ll be fruitful and bloom your brightest.
What Will You Plant?
So, what do you want to plant, nurture and grow? Plant meaningful seeds can be anything from training a new puppy to working on new and old friendships to learning a new skill. Whatever your seed, make sure it comes from a place of the real, authentic you. Be sure to:
- Focus on being the unique person you were made to be.
- Take good care of yourself on the inside and the outside.
- Eat well, hydrate and engage in movement every day.
- Cultivate new skills: Read, research and learn from others.
- Think and act positively and confidently.
- Take one step at a time. Planting an entire garden at once will choke out some of the harvests.
- Re-focus your efforts on what grows and learn from what didn’t.
It’s the simple act of setting something into motion that leads the seed to blossom from the inside out. Our lives are like seeds, and everything we do consists of planting seeds and growing them.
In the next series of posts, we’ll be talking more about how to plant meaningful seeds, working on farms and in silos and the harvest season.