There was a farmer who planted a seed which he hoped to bear much fruit in the future. Every day, he would wake up excited to water and take care of it.
After a few days of taking care of his seed, he still didn’t see any sprout coming out of the little patch of land where he planted it. He got discouraged and dug it up.
When he found the little seed, he was surprised that it already had a little sprout coming out of the seed. However, it was so little that it still didn’t spring up from the patch of land. It was still invisible to the naked eye. But what surprised him even more was the network of roots that came out from the little seed.
He regretted his decision of digging up his little seed and thought to himself, “I wish I waited a little bit more and continued to take care of my seed.”
Many times, we are like that farmer. We have big dreams and big hopes that we plant today. For a while, we are excited to wake up each day and take small steps to make them a reality. However, after a while more, we get impatient because our efforts do not immediately translate to the results we hope to achieve. Worse, we get discouraged and give up on our dreams because we cannot see any result, a sprout coming out of the patch of land.
Right now, your efforts may not immediately bring about the results you’re hoping to achieve. You may not understand how some of your actions fit in the grand scheme of your dreams. You may already be getting discouraged because you cannot see even a little sprout coming out from all your years in the company you are working with, from all your efforts to make your business grow, and from all the blood, sweat, and tears you are shedding to achieve your dreams.
Take heart. A sprout may not have come out of the land yet, but roots are already forming beneath the land. A little sprout and a wide network of roots are already forming, however invisible they are to the naked eye. Keep taking care of your plant. Keep working on your dreams. A sprout will come out from the land eventually. When it does, it will also have strong roots to absorb all the nutrients and all the efforts you pour into it. It will have strong roots that will help your plant weather all the storms. Your dream will be ready to survive and to thrive amidst all the trials and challenges it will face in the future.
Keep believing and keep acting.
And most of all, it helps to enjoy taking care of your plant or working on your dream. It helps to enjoy not just the destination but also the journey itself. It helps to enjoy not just the triumph but also the every day struggle. It helps to enjoy not just being at the finish line but also running the race itself.
Keep taking care your plant. Keep working on your dreams.