You reap what you sow. Coming from a rural Iowa background, these words are especially meaningful to me. In the classic example, seeds placed in the soil will only grow as well as the effort devoted to the process. For starters, consider the quality of the soil and seeds. Secondly, think about the lifecycle and all of the care required to grow a beautiful plant that will later yield a bountiful harvest. However, let us not forget uncontrollable variables in nature, such as disastrous weather, that can unfairly turn countless hours of hard work into epic failure. To name a few common frustrations in the Midwest, think about drought, disease, insects, frost, hail.
From a broader perspective, this quote expands far beyond placing seeds in the ground. Think about how this relates to other aspects of your life: your relationships, your physical health, your emotional health, your fitness, your work. What does your life reflect of you? How have you handled the uncontrollable variables?
I had an unexpected and frustrating situation get the better of me lately. I will not elaborate on the specifics, but there are people and experiences in life—entirely out of your control—that will be downright cruel, similar to the impact of hail on a corn field. What I have learned from this unfortunate situation is to let the negativity go and to continue moving with your best foot forward. Holding onto anger and fear will only hurt yourself.
Combined with it being a new year, I have been in a state of deep thinking lately about how to make 2018 my best year yet. I already have some personal ideas (listed below), but I also challenge you to reflect on yourself for a moment. What can you change or improve upon to make your life happier and more fulfilling?
Spend more time with family and friends.
Let go of the things out of my control.
Challenge myself – both physically and mentally.
Celebrate accomplishments of myself and others, even the small ones.
Be more generous.
Spend more time outdoors.
Blog more about the awesome people in my life (aka my heroes).
Inspire and learn from others.
Focus on the positives.
Thanks for reading my rather philosophical post; it is meant to invoke thought and inspire. Sharing personal stories is not always easy, but if my posts are of benefit to at least one person, my mission is accomplished. If you would like to connect or have ideas you would like to share, please leave a comment by clicking here and entering a message at the bottom of the page. We can be in touch soon!
Last but not least, I sincerely wish you and your loved ones the happiest of days throughout 2018! Just remember, it will be what you make of it.