Thursday, September 8, 2011

“This year I will plant many things that will grow. I shall reap extensively form my harvest.”

When I wrote this statement in my journal back in December 2005, it was my intention to plant a garden in my backyard in the spring.  I never got to plant that garden, but as I look back through my journal and reflect upon that past six years of my life, I can see the yield of so many mental, spiritual and emotional seeds that were planted have harvested.

As a mother, I did my best to instill life sustaining morals and values into my children.  At times I thought that they would never see the light, but continue to rebel against anything that I tried to teach them through my words or actions.  Now that they are living on their own, I am beginning to see the fruits of my labor revealed through their choices.
I have also been able to see great growth within myself.  By journaling for so many years I am afforded the benefit of holding a mirror to myself.  Oftentimes, what was reflected back to me was not easy to look at or acknowledge.  But I have learned to be honest—if with no one else—to myself.  This is the first step in changing the behaviors that are not productive in your life.
“Change the way you look at things and the things you look at will change.”  This is a quote I once read in a Wayne Dyer book.  Basically, this means that if you don’t like what is happening in your life (job, relationship, environment) you should do something different. Change your game plan.  Make another choice.
All in all, I am grateful for the wisdom to see myself and to be open to change.  And as I look back over the past several years up to the present day, I am grateful for the mental, spiritual and emotional growth because this harvest has been more beneficial than I could have ever imagined possible.

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