Today starts a brand new week, and only you can choose how this week goes for you. Much of our health depends on our mental and emotional health, and so I thought it fitting to start a weekly blog post with inspirational quotes, sayings, and ideas. To include everyone and anyone, these posts are not religious, but more so spiritual, as to unite all people.
I wanted to share with you this short story called “Risking” by Patty Hansen.
Two seeds lay side by side in the fertile soil.
The first seed said, “I want to grow! I want to send my roots deep into the soil beneath me, and thrust my sprouts through the earth’s crust above me … I want to unfurl my tender buds like banners to announce the arrival of spring … I want to feel the warmth of the sun on my face and the blessing of the morning dew on my petals!”
And so she grew…
The second seed said, “I am afraid. If I send my roots into the ground below, I don’t know what I will encounter in the dark. If I push my way through the hard soil above me I may damage my delicate sprouts … what if I let my buds open and a snail tries to eat them? And if I were to open my blossoms, a small child may pull me from the ground. No, it is much better for me to wait until it is safe.”
And so she waited…
A yard hen scratching around in the early spring ground for food found the waiting seed and promptly ate it.
Is fear holding you back from growing and experiencing life right now? Are you afraid to start a new way of eating, or exercising, but are afraid? Sometimes we must take risks, even if it is just to learn from our actions. Change occurs only when we make things happen, take risks (and get messy!).
This is The Healthy Advocate.