By Ettie Rutherford
My grandmother, Florence Evans, who raised me from I was three years old to adulthood, was born in 1896. She has long past on from this world, yet how vividly I remember some of her “sayings” that she spouted to everyone.
One thing she always said was, “People will always reap what they sow”.
Too often we tend to focus on the daily blessings that we do, or do not, receive, while failing to ask ourselves, What have I really done to make me arrogantly believe that I am deserving of the best?
What we need to remember is that for there to be a harvest, the farmer has to plow, dig, mix water and dirt, stir up the mud so that there will be strong roots to foster the growth of plants that will reach for the sunshine and the rain, as they weather the wind and the snow, so that there will eventually be a wonderful harvest for self and others.
You too can have a fruitful life, with a harvest of blessings if you:
- Acknowledge that what you receive in life is dependent on your actions.
- Prepare your soil, even in the mud and the rocks, before planting.
- Accept that there will be natural disasters to attack your crops.
- Find new ways of “watering” your God-given talents.
- Enlarge your harvest by teaching others how to sow along with you.
- Give thanks for your crops, by sharing your harvest with those who are not necessarily in your circle of friends.
Just ask yourself, “What seeds will I be sowing this week?
Guess What? Trying Can Be Complicated
So many times, you might have been told, “You are not trying hard enough”, or you might even have felt that way about yourself.
If that is the case, I am here to encourage you to reassess your thoughts, regarding the “not trying “ syndrome.
For some people, trying to move into unchartered waters is a daunting situation, and for others, past failures have left them disillusioned and fearful of not succeeding. It is important to realize that failure can provide powerful lessons to assist in trying again. The focus should be on ways to overcome the fear of failure, while developing a clear path to embolden your efforts.
To trample doubt and embrace perseverance I propose the following suggestions:
- Clarify what is the goal that you wish to achieve.
- Analyse what benefits you will be missing if you stop trying.
- Gather pertinent information about the situation, which is causing you doubt. Sometimes challenges are not as bad as they seem
- Seek help from others who have overcome the same fears which you are experiencing.
- Develop a plan to move boldly with discipline and knowledge.
Good luck, and remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day. Keep on trying; Success is awaiting you.
Award-winning Ettie Rutherford, B.Ed, Dip.Ed, M.Ed, is an educator, life coach, consultant and author of “Why Perch Like A Chick When You Can Soar Like An Eagle?”. An accomplished public speaker, Ettie is the Founder and CEO of Women Are Worthy, which provides step-by-step strategies for women to achieve their goals, with a minimum amount of stress. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org