Here is a life lesson from the garden for you. Read and get ready to receive a wisdom drop!
Grab your pen & paper…
There are two trees, they yield the same type of fruit, they even bloom and blossom at the same time. You see, they are next to each other, they have access to almost the same amount of water (I mean rain doesn’t discriminate where it falls, right?).
And yet harvest time came and one tree only yielded a red plump large fruit. It is the single fruit that tree has yielded ALL week. In tree time that’s a whole cycle.
Next to it is the tiny sad frumpy fruit, it’s from the other tree, that one fruit is the way most of the fruit this other tree yielded. Notice the bag in the back? This more abundant tree filled a bag like that two days in a row…
There have been so many fruits to pick we have lost count, every single day this week AND last, at first slowly, and now it’s faster and faster.
Not only that, the tree that bore much fruit has fed a growing diverse group of animals: lizards, birds, frogs, slugs and a whole army of beetles and other insects. They are all feasting and procreating.
It is just so amazing to observe. The tree with the one perfect fruit is pretty much alone. The ground is just covered with dead leaves.
Life lessons from the Cashew Trees
Sometimes you may be going through life waiting for that “one BIG win”, the one that will change it all: A red plump perfect fruit, only to miss out on those things that make your life truly matter:
- Celebrate your small victories, no matter how meaningless or misshapen they seem. Success is making it through many victories over time.
- The one single perfect red juicy fruit only fed one person, me. It’s contribution to the ecosystem around it was nil, unfortunately. Happiness comes from making a difference for others, that is what truly satisfies and so focusing on only your BIG dream makes it unlikely that you will experience the joy & sheer satisfaction of making a positive contribution.
- Abundance and success are created gradually, when you look at your lesser wins and celebrate them, your life yields more and there is where the good in your life is multiplied.
Live a purposeful and satisfying life, put energy into all the “small” things in your life (God, self-care, family, friendships, talents), even if you think they are not your BIG dream or BIG project, because ultimately it is those small steps that build up to true success, you are like a tree, your success is not one single goal, it is many little positive outcomes over time.
It is better to be a tree of many small uneven and unusual fruits than a tree of just the one perfect but lonely fruit.
Never limit yourself by defining success as merely delivering one perfect result. True success serves a cause or a purpose, it benefits others more than it benefits yourself.
How are you defining success in 2017?
Who are you looking to benefit?
How are you going to do it?
What is your next step?
And why do you feel called to do it?
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