When a farmer plants a seed there is no guarantee that it will grow and produce a good return. Sowing seeds always involves a risk. But Hope still plants the seed.
Many voices will discourage us from taking risks. And there are many risks we shouldn’t take! But there are also some risks that - not taken - leave us alone, hopeless and without purpose. We have to identify some of the voices that discourage us from planting, investing, sharing and giving… and call them for what they are! Cynicism, negativity, fear, pride… these voices, along with many others, suggest that Hope is unrealistic and that sharing is dangerous. These voices rob us of energy, hope and passion, and leave lying next to the road, beaten up and broken, with no hope.
But Hope still plants the seed.
Planting seeds is about risking investing in a new future. Planting seeds is the first step that makes a harvest possible. Potential and Progress, Growth and Development all depend on that first step…
Planting a seed: registering for that course, initiating that relationship, starting that exercise programme, reading that book, making that appointment, having that conversation, writing that thought down, joining that group, visiting that friend, apologising to that neighbour, forgiving that colleague… finally going to bed!
New beginnings all start with the same act of planting a seed!