What we plant in the soil of contemplation, we shall reap in the harvest of action. – Meister Eckhart
Thoughts that lead to actions are fruitful. Thoughts that are never acted upon are daydreams.
I am a learner, planner, and studier. I am not always a doer, at least not to the level I should. I will often over analyze to the point of inaction. The mind is a great place to grow ideas, however, only through the harvest of action are the fruits gathered. It is kind of a circular process. The idea leads to action, which in many cases leads to more action and persistence to eventually lead to the desired result of the initial idea.
I have tons of ideas that are not yet put into action. Some, if not many, are because of a lack of funds, however, others are from a lack of confidence, a fear of failure, or sometimes maybe, a fear of success (a fear of change?) I am working on pushing many of these fears aside and reaping a harvest of action so I may later reap a harvest of a rewarding life.
Today’s pictures I took while driving by nearby Amish farms. They had sewn their fields, allowed them to grow, and then reaped the crops, neatly stacking shocks of hay and wheat to dry before bringing in the harvest. Some fields were being picked up and brought into the barns as we drove by. (I didn’t take any pictures out of respect as many Amish do not like their picture taken). This is hard, labor intensive work, but they are rewarded by having food for their table and their animals.
The Amish had to plan ahead before the first seed was planted. The fields had to be tilled, rocks picked out of the field, the seed had to be purchased or saved from prior years harvests. Their horses had to have the proper tack and the right equipment. (Amish do not use tractors). A lot of contemplation had to proceed their harvest of action which would later lead to their actual harvest!
These posts are a perfect example. I have ideas but must write to make them a reality. I was going to skip today’s quote as it is getting late, but I looked at some recent comments and was touched that some of you are finding encouragement in these quotes and my posts, so I pushed on. I’m glad I did! Thank you all for your encouragement!
Do you have an idea you are contemplating but have not put forth into action? What is holding you back? Do you find when you “reap a harvest of action” you are rewarded?
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