Sunday, March 27, 2011


“If you’re still hanging onto a dead dream of yesterday, laying flowers on its grave by the hour, you cannot be planting the seeds for a new dream to grow today” ~ Joyce Chapman

Normally during the week I am inspired by something—a thought, a quote, a remark by someone. But Monday morning came and still nothing came to me.

I took a walk. Nothing.

Therefore, I decided this week there simply wouldn’t be an inspire message to send. I never want my messages forced or false and I never want to waste my reader’s time.

So I went outside, sat on the steps of my deck and stared at the dead morning glory vine entwined on the railing. That is about as lifelike as my thoughts seemed. Then my gaze fell to a tiny seedpod.

That’s when it hit me. Inside that dried up pod was life.

I broke it open and five black seeds fell into my hand. They looked dead too. However, in the right environment—moist soil and warm sun— a green vine would emerge and soon be covered in glorious flowers.

Sometimes we feel dried up, useless, and in a sense, dead. But inside us are seeds of experience, ideas, wisdom, and creativity. We just need to put them in the right environment.

What does the right environment look like? It may involve extra training, an investment of some kind, education, learning a new hobby, writing, taking time for yourself, therapy, a change of some sort.

Of course, for all of us it also means getting in a better frame of mind and realizing that we all have worth.

This week, focus on the seeds in your soul and give them a chance to live. Even if you feel you only have one itsy bitsy seed, plant it! One Morning Glory seed reproduces hundreds of seeds.

And so it will be with you!

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