“Every moment and every event of every man’s life on earth plants something in his soul”. ~ Thomas Merton. The significance of what Merton wrote is the word every. Every moment and event plants something. Nothing is inconsequential. It all matters and connects. Perhaps that thought can help us through the mundane and irritating moments. Perhaps knowing that some kind of growth comes from every moment’s seed will help us raise our heads a bit higher.
Spring is lovely here in Arizona. The spring trees burst forth in color. Sunshine is everywhere. The air is fresh and warm, but not oppressively hot. My students have spring fever and are really ready for summer vacation. I am ready for summer, too. We are months from the academic finish line. I am sure there are days and seasons when perhaps you would like to hand off the baton to someone else. But despite the fact that we are joined together in community, our races are individual races, not relays. We can have a pit crew, and fans to cheer us on. But only you can run your actual race.
In my spring fever mode I can see that if I allow the mood to continue, rather than harvesting dedication, I will be harvesting impatience and laziness. Each thing we grow, in turn, spreads seeds. That is the significance of Merton’s statement. So today, rather than write and blog for hours, I must get some cleaning done and finish a report. I will be back. But today, I am planting dedication so that I do not harvest clutter. Other times I have to plant relaxation so that I harvest balance. But lately, the balance has swung too far and laziness and clutter are appearing like weeds. It is time to yank the weeds and plant new seeds. Have a lovely, lovely day. We have many harvests throughout the year. Different seeds grow at different rates. How does your analogous garden grow? Mine could use some work!