“An incredible change happens in your life when you decide to take control of what you have power over instead of wanting to control what you don’t” – Steve Maraboli.
As humans, one characteristic that separates us from all other creatures is our desire to be in control. While this desire is often detrimental, it accentuates our limits as human beings in the area of control we have.
Fortunately, there are some things we can and need to control and that’s what I want us to focus on. And one of those activities is life.
Life has been compared to many activities: riding a roller coaster, going for a run, etc. Strictly speaking, the act of farming is also full of great lessons that can have a positive impact on our lives. What does agriculture teach us?
The first lesson we learn from agriculture is that success comes first in the mind. I never met anyone who wanted to cultivate and start planting, just like that.
No one will ever do that. The act begins with a mental picture of the success of the business first, and then other considerations are made. Likewise, if you cannot see your success with your mind’s eye, you may not experience it.
Without a doubt, most of the limitations that we have are in our mind and until we start to break our mental limits, it will be difficult to do anything. A little over a millennium ago, the whole world agreed that it was impossible for humans to fly like birds. It wasn’t due to lack of resources or anything, but the idea of commuting in the air was absurd. But contrary to popular belief, the Wright Brothers saw the possibility so clearly with their minds that nothing could stop them from being successful. You can have it if you can see it with your mind’s eye.
Additionally, farming teaches us that being intentional in what you sow is a sure way to be successful. By far, agriculture is one of the activities that requires a lot of intentionality.
In agriculture you have to be intentional about what you sow, how you sow it, when you sow, etc. All the different phases of agricultural activity require participation in order to be successful. I see a lot of people sowing seeds that they don’t intend to harvest.
Farmers don’t sow for fun, they sow because they want to reap. The cocoa farmer sows cocoa because he intends to harvest cocoa and so does the cashew farmer.
You cannot sow the seeds of scarcity and expect to reap abundance. You cannot sow the seeds of adversity and expect to reap love. it does not work like that !
In addition, agriculture teaches us that there are two seasons in life: the seasons for planting and harvesting. If you ask all farmers, the two seasons they are not kidding with are the planting and harvest seasons.
As a result, when the weather is not favorable during the planting season, they become very worried because they know that if they don’t plant, they don’t have to expect a harvest.
In addition, the farmers also clearly know which seeds go into the soil and which seeds go into the mouth. They are very clear on this.
Until you understand that things don’t happen by chance, you won’t have lasting victories in life.
Life is always calling you to sow. You have to participate in your life. Don’t ignore the call. Stop thinking like a magician and waiting for things to suddenly turn around. In life, efforts pay off.
It may be too late for some seeds to be sown, but what about other seeds we can sow? Sowing is not pleasant, but it is a necessary evil.
Recently I had a conversation with a classmate who had become a millionaire. He started a business about ten years ago when we were in school. I asked him to tell me about his sowing season. I couldn’t believe what my ears were hearing.
After our conversation, I agreed that he deserved the luxury he enjoyed.
Dear friend, the farmer is focused on controlling what he can: the type of seeds he plants, the amount of water the seeds receive, etc.
He thinks that once he controls what he can, he influences somewhat what he cannot control, such as what happens to the seed in the ground.
I urge you to be like a farmer. Have a clear picture of what you want in your mind, be intentional, and pay the price for it.
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Source: Julius Mawuli Ziorklui
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