Sunday, April 13, 2014

One for one

Today was finally warm enough to plant seeds.  Looking through my stash, I chose snow peas.  They like the cool spring nights and should be ready to harvest in about 60 days.  Putting my hands into the dirt for the first time this year I thought about where I'll be in 60 days...mid-June.  By mid-June I'll surely have defended my thesis, the graduation ceremony and celebration will have passed and I will already have presented my research two times. It will be the beginning of a new era. The ground will be warm. The daffodils and spring's flowering trees will be long spent. On a fresh April morning like today it's hard to fathom June.

In my hand I held the seeds.  Placing them in the ground I realized, one seed doesn't yield just one fruit.  No, one seed produces a vine full of peas, an entire tree, or hundreds of basil leaves.  So it is with us.  One idea can turn into a symphony, one thought can forge a new path. We never know the harvest of our words, our deeds, or our thoughts, but we can be sure of one thing: it's never a one for one exchange.  Alternatively,  we never know what small seed was planted in us, contributing to what we've accomplished or yet to find the perfect conditions to grow.  We are a part of a system so much bigger than ourselves. There is so much to find out, to explore, to become.

On my desk: