By: Marilyn L. Davis
When to Plant – When to Harvest
You have to give before you get.
You must plant your seeds before you reap the harvest.
The more you sow, the more you’ll reap.
When I look at the photo of the barren field, I’m reminded that this is fallow ground just waiting patiently for the farmer to plant seeds to reap the harvest. And isn’t that what we do when we share recovery lessons with others? Don’t we hope that our ideas or suggestions find fertile soil to grow and help another person?
Lessons Learned, Shared, and Returned
The Ground is Ready for Planting: What Will Grow?
- We had to learn to use patience, understanding that our recovery would not match our mentors years of experience in a few months and be satisfied with our incremental changes. That was hard for some of us. We acknowledged how much time we had wasted in our addictions and wanted to rush the process of recovery as if we could make up time.
- We had to learn acceptance; that we would only make progress, not experience perfection in our efforts. And sometimes, we had to accept that we didn’t understand the directions, or didn’t follow them to the letter, so we didn’t get a bountiful harvest from our efforts.
- We had to learn to use our courage; that we could face our fears, make changes and grow mentally and spiritually in our recovery.
- We had to cultivate faith in those around us, in a higher power, and in ourselves. When we struggled and broke through our obstacles, we were like a blooming plant; tenacious in our efforts to survive and thrive.
An Abundant Harvest: Now I Share It
Today, my recovery field is full of the fruits of my labor, but the original seeds and ideas came from others. It’s time I considered sharing some of the harvests; after all, spring is the time for planting and I’m sure that when I share and free up space in my field, I’ll have room to plant the ideas and suggestions that others share with me. Then I’ll cultivate them; give them attention and watch them grow because I know all the help that I receive will improve my life more. I’ll let you know how the autumn harvest turns out, but I’m sure it will be bountiful.
“Give freely to the world these gifts of love and compassion. Do not concern yourself with how much you receive in return, just know in your heart it will be returned.” ― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free