If we jump off a ten-story building, we’re dead. Rather unfortunate. Ignoring the laws of the universe, for example the law of gravity, can lead to unfortunate results.
THE LAW OF SOWING AND REAPING The law of sowing and reaping may seem less concrete, but it is just as real! Ignoring this law can also lead to disastrous results. For example, when we sow seeds of dishonesty and toxic thoughts, words, and actions, we get a sickly harvest. If we constantly lie or rage, our relationships sour. Everyone gets hurt—a troublesome crop wouldn't you say?
In contrast, like the gardener who plants good seeds, when we plant seeds of honesty and kind thoughts, words, and actions, we learn to trust ourselves and others can trust us. Such a harvest satisfies and blesses us and others.
PLANTING GOOD SEED OFTEN DEMANDS EFFORT Life can seems a battle between what we want to do and what we need to do. Planting good seeds takes effort and discipline--perserverence. At times, staying honest and kind may even seem impossible. We may feel we are losing the battle. But every choice matters.
OUR THREE CHOICES Everything depends on our choices. And really, we have only three kinds of choices.We can try to inappropriately avoid issues, control them, or successfully resolve them.
FOUR STEPS TO A GOOD HARVEST Here are the four steps to successfully solve a problem. When we perserver, we sow good seed and we will reap a rich, satisfying harvest.
Step 1: We recognize we are planting bad seeds.
Step 2: We manage our stress and our emotions.
Step 3: We think more clearly now and see the pros and cons of the situation. We can focus
on the solution instead of on the problem.
Step 4: We take honest, compassionate action.
THE CHOICE-CUBE METHOD CAN HELP With each step we take, each choice we make, we program ourselves. The good news is that we can use the Choice-Cube Method’s tools and four key steps to make wise choices.
We can stop planting bad seeds. Good!
We can face reality, work through short-term loss or pain, and plant good seeds. Better!
We can make healthy choices and program ourselves for long-term gain. Best!
What about you? What kind of crops are you sowing? Reaping? The Choice-Cube Method presented in my book, Become the Person You Were Meant to Be, can help you sow good seed.