We are starting this new year with more retrospection than usual, especially since we just ended a year where COVID-19 upended almost everything that we were used to. The pandemic is not over yet, but the outlook is beginning to change with Phase 3 having started and the arrival of vaccines in various countries. There is still a long waiting period for things to return to normal (or a new normal). In the meantime however, we have to exercise patience and continue our work diligently with the necessary constraints.
Farmers know the importance of patience better than anyone else. When a farmer plants his seeds, he understands his harvest is subjected to the environment. He can’t control it, but he knows what his seeds need and will find ways to provide for it, eg. irrigating the soil, keeping the seeds and young plants safe from insects and birds, etc. He knows that despite the challenges he cannot control, there are still natural laws he has to abide by so that he will have a harvest.
Some of these laws are:
Law 1: We reap only what we sow
Law 2: We reap in proportion to what we sow
Law 3: We reap in a different season than we sow
Law 4: We reap the full harvest only if we persevere
It is not surprising that these laws of the harvest also apply to our own growth as well. The difference is that we plant seeds (acts) of virtues instead. If we want our children to grow well socially and emotionally, we should encourage them to sow virtues such as respect, empathy, helpfulness and courage. If to grow in their learning, sow diligence, discipline, determination and excellence. However, remember Laws 3 and 4 – we will reap later, and only if we persevere. In the interim, there may be failures or setbacks, but that is part of the learning and growing. If our children continue to sow in the challenging times, they will have more successes than failures when it is time to harvest.
Let’s together make this year a good year, by encouraging our children to sow the seeds of virtues which will help them reap a rewarding harvest personally and with others.