This is how it begins.
Take a seed. Any seed. Carefully place it in a shallow dimple on the ground. Then cover it up to protect it from small animals or harsh weather conditions. Next, simply take care of it. Make sure it has enough sunlight and water to grow. Till the soil gently. Watch as the first sprig of plant life emerges to breathe some air. Continue to take care of the plant and over time it will grow many branches and leaves, and its girth will get thicker and stronger; it will get as tall as it can until it reaches out to space to become a tree. This is how it begins.
The tree will extend its roots deeper and deeper into the ground. No one sees this. But it happens.
Plant life and growth is much more elaborate than this, of course. However, the course of an emotion really is just about as simple as explained above.
I’m talking about love and hate–the two opposite ends of the emotion spectrum. Take an intended word that is said or an action done. Plant it, then watch it grow. The basic fact is, as we all have heard before, we reap what we sow. Plant hatred, and this hatred will grow into something massive that will run its root deeply into the core of the earth, where it will be difficult to stop. Plant love and that love will blossom into something as majestic and strong as a tree. It isn’t difficult to throw around negativity. A little curse under the br
eath. A short honk on the rush hour freeway. An unkind word slipping carelessly through angry lips. A mean punch thrown in thoughtless haste. It can lead to pretty much the obvious.
In light of all the negativity surrounding our world, plant seeds of positivity instead. I’d rather sit under a tree of love than the shades of that of hate. We can’t manipulate the actions of others but certainly can control our own.
Here’s a positive thought to end this post:
“Be the change you want to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi