To have a harvest is to have a return, a yield, a collection of some sort. It also implies that we give, express or put something “out there” and, by nature, receive something back. This past summer, my family planted seeds in our garden. We gave our effort in the form of time, physical labor and patience with a positive expectation that we would receive something in return – a harvest of various vegetables.
Question for Reflection: When you give your time, effort and energy to your partner, friend, job or even a 30-page term paper, do you look forward to a positive return?
If the answer is “yes” for many issues, relationships and circumstances that you encounter in life, you probably feel self-confident, powerful, valued and tremendously blessed! If the answer is “no” for key areas of your life, you might have an emotional reaction to this question, which may result in feelings somewhere between sadness, hopelessness, frustration, anger or resentment in your present life.
To receive an abundant harvest, you must prepare the soil (your heart, mind and body), plant good seeds (mental thoughts), and nurture them (feed your physical, emotional and spiritual well-being) in order to experience satisfaction and success (a positive return) with the harvest.
Questions for Reflection: What are you harvesting? Is your crop (in your relationships, job, money and health) yielding a positive return or one of depletion?
Take some time to explore the answers to the above questions in every area of your life. Find a quiet place where you will not be disturbed and write your responses out in a journal or on notebook paper. You may also choose to draw them out or write a song that reflects how you truly think and feel about the harvest(s) you’ve been creating to date. This exercise is very important for college students because it helps to prepare you for “life outside the campus.”
Now is the time to do the “inside work” so that you can create and sustain a Growth in Motion™ lifestyle!
Growth in Motion!! = Self Care + Self Empowerment + Self Knowledge + Self Direction
Take Care of Yourself,
“Living a Growth in Motion™!! Lifestyle”