This is a season when some of us are eating the fruits of our sowing or planting. We are eating apples reaping from a long ago planting, no idea who first planted two apple trees in our garden but this is the 19th summer we have enjoyed the benefit of their actions.
I have been reading a little bit of Maya Angelou this week, she talks about harvesting, the eventual consequence of sowing or planting. She writes:
Now, after years of observation and enough courage to admit what I have observed, I try to plant peace if I do not want discord; to plant loyalty and honesty if I want to avoid betrayal and lies. Of course, there is no absolute assurance that those things I plant will always fall upon arable land and will take root and grow, nor can I know if another cultivator did not leave contrary seeds before I arrived. I do know, however, that if I leave little to chance, if I am careful about the kinds of seeds I plan, about their potency and nature, I can, within reason, trust my expectations.
I love this idea of thinking about what it is we want to harvest and then planting or sowing that. We obviously do that with fruit, vegetables, flowers etc but it is a metaphor that can help us frame our choices and actions.
What do you want to harvest by the end of the year? What might you sow now in the hope that it might happen?
Maya Angelou, Wouldn’t take nothing for my journey now. London: Virago, 1995, p91-2.