Wise Words – The Seed Never Sees the Flower

“The seed never sees the flower.”

Zen Saying


There is something the world is asking of you, something that is yours to do. Are you raising a family, running a business, coaching a team, helping a cause, starting a movement, or just working every day to be a better version of yourself, bringing more care and kindness to a world that needs it?

All of these are endeavors worthy of your effort. We give them a beginning not knowing how the ending will look. We start them because we are motivated by a vision of what could be. The vision gets us started and guides our early steps, but as it meets reality, the vision adapts. We learn things as we go that we never would have learned had we not started.

Planting a seed is an act of faith. That is what happened when I started the Stumbling Mystic blog. I’m a spiritual seeker who wanted to write about how we connect to the Sacred. I didn’t know that writing every day would strengthen and open my spiritual life. Writing is a discipline that shapes vague ideas into coherent form. It deepens my thinking about sacred experience by putting me in direct contact with Source more often.

It’s a shame we are so conditioned by modern society to expect instant results from our efforts. Business pushes for increased productivity and quick profits; advertising promises immediate gratification; the digital culture gives us news and information in a snap. So when we encounter something that requires the unfolding of time, we shy away. But the seed reminds us that natural cycles have their own rhythm, that worthwhile things take time.

A seed has the potential within it to flower into something wildly different than its outward appearance would suggest. If planted in the right soil and nurtured, it will grow in the direction it knows to take. I think this is the message Source had for me when I felt the impulse to start writing Stumbling Mystic.

Is there a seed in you that is waiting to be nurtured? If you planted it, what rippling effect would it have in the generations ahead? We don’t know what the world will look like in a hundred years, or a thousand. I like to think humans will have evolved to be more aware of our interconnection and need for mutual compassion. But we know that if we don’t plant the seeds today, the good they could produce will not arrive.

It doesn’t matter that planting your seed will take work or that you won’t see results soon. The work may take more than a lifetime, worthy causes usually do. That’s ok. Others will come to help the job along. It just matters that someone start.

The future is waiting. Don’t let it down.

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