I recently heard this universe of ours described as one of sowing and reaping, and that sent my brain spinning. Then, I finally finished 7 Habits of Highly Effective People only to discover that Principle 7 is all about reaping what you sow.
This final principle of self-renewal involves harvesting all of the fruits of the hard work you put in to accomplish and maintain the other habits. When I researched some of the origins of sowing and reaping, I learned the word harvest refers to the time of reaping the previously sown seeds. In a sowing and reaping universe, it is akin to a forever fall, an eternal autumn.
“The law of the harvest governs; we will always reap what we sow–no more, no less.”-Stephen R. Covey
I love the concept of receiving something based on the effort you put into it. The life with a rich harvest of loved ones, memories, stories, wisdom, fulfillment, and faith comes from a lifetime of toil. It builds a healthy appreciation for the growing pains of a well-lived life.
Being and existing are the easy parts. It’s the act of living that too few ever accomplish. Mindset is about how pointedly you you dedicate your thoughts towards progress. Repeatedly combating your personal weaknesses of laziness or self-doubt slow down your growth. Here’s your incentive to to sharpen your weed-whacking machete and cut down these will-sapping habits. Keep your mind sharp, strong, and clear so achieving discipline becomes all the more possible.
Even the late, great Shakespeare recognized the importance of the will and self-growth. In Othello, Iago declares this truth rather beautifully,
“Our bodies are our gardens, to the which our wills are gardeners. So that if we will plant nettles or sow lettuce, set hyssop and weed up thyme, supply it with one gender of herbs or distract it with many—either to have it sterile with idleness, or manured with industry—why, the power and corrigible authority of this lies in our wills”
(I.iii.308-320). This sentiment pairs rather well with the notion of a sowing and reaping universe, so I couldn’t help but share it.
The best way to keep your mental edge for weed=whacking and tilling soil is to consider your dear, tender heart. Now, I’m certainly not saying let become fatty, lethargic or weak. No! I mean that you should think on how your heart fuels your mind. It provides the passion and feelings which inspire your mental strength and focus. Your heart needs the right things to nourish it.
Continue to remind yourself of of how capable you are. Congratulate yourself for your hard work. Forgive yourself and learn from your failures. Do these things, and you will enjoy the fruits of your labor.
“As we plant the seed and patiently weed and nourish it, we begin to feel the excitement of real growth and eventually taste the incomparably delicious fruits of a congruent, effective life.”-Stephen R. Covey