Planting Seeds of Spring

Armen Hareyan's picture

This spring let us be inspired by the ritual\nof spring to think think about spring as\na time of possibility and opportunity.


Life's seasons are amazing. This winter's storms have
already been savage and no doubt we will experience a few
more. When you're in the middle of a storm, sometimes you
feel it will never end. And yet you know after the storm
there is a sense of calmness, clarity and beauty. The air
feels different and you only need to look up in the sky and
you feel lighter. Eventually the season of storms winds down
as spring approaches. You notice the blossoms on the fruit
trees and the different birds that surround us. At night you
notice the stars in the sky and the brightness of the moon.

It's a time of new beginnings and we are ready for our
spring ritual with it's sense of optimism and hope. We are
thinking about what we want to harvest. We pull out the
weeds and prepare the soil for planting. Imagine, if you
will, that the weeds are our limiting beliefs that clutter
our mind and the seeds we spread around in the garden are
our ideas.... possibilities planted in the garden of our
minds. Sometimes when we're planting we pour seeds from a
package right onto the soil. Other times we follow a
systematic plan of planting every few inches. Some seeds
grow from the darkness toward the light and others don't but
what is more important is what we harvest in the future from
these seeds. They are our destiny.

This spring let us be inspired by the ritual of spring to
think bigger... to think about what we can plant that will
transcend our normal way of looking at spring. Think of
spring as a time of possibility. Be sure to plant some seeds
that won't have to be replanted next year, that will grow
without you and can be harvested and enjoyed by future
generations. We are talking about our vision.

Sometimes an inspiring poem says it all. This poem, written
in 500 B.C. by an anonymous Chinese poet, is most poignant.
Enjoy the poem and share your vision.


The Harvest
If you are thinking a year ahead, sow seed.
If you are thinking ten years ahead, plant a tree.
If you are thinking one hundred years ahead, educate the people.
By sowing seed once, you will harvest once.
By planting a tree, you will harvest tenfold.
By educating the people, you will harvest one hundredfold.

Here's a vision for you. Imagine there's a movie screen, the
movie screen of your mind that connects with the universal
mind of the world. You have a magic power that can influence
the way people think. You can empower the world to think
differently. What do you want the people to know and in what
ways do you want them to change? What is your hope for
yourself, your community and the world? Share your vision
with me and others. My hope is that we all will share our


Mark Susnow