It’s Glorious Spring. What Seeds Are You Planting?

Meditations in Motion

When I read this quote by Robert Louis Stevenson, it resonated with me like a struck bell. It stopped me in my tracks. Maybe it is because I live in a farming community (Lancaster County, PA). Maybe because I have been salivating over seed catalogs all spring, and now it is finally time to plant. Maybe it is because I am a runner.

 

Meditations in Motion

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As runners, we are constantly planting seeds for tomorrow. Every time we do a training run, or a track work out, every time we do yoga to loosen up those tight muscles or strength train to increase the power in our legs, or an ab workout to stabilize our core, we are planting seeds, so that we can reap the benefits sometime in the future.

Even at my age, I am planting seeds to try to get faster, or at least slow down my rate of slowing down.

Meditations in Motion

Two years ago, a friend asked me if I would do track workouts with her once a week in the early morning. This was not a time to socialize; it was dark, we ran at different speeds and did different interval distances. I could not have chatted even if I wanted to. The exertion was too great. We kept each other company. The track is in an isolated spot, and it would have been spooky running there by yourself in the dark. We ran endless circles around that dark track, breathing hard with the effort, planting seeds for the future.

I reaped an abundant harvest later that fall when I ran two half marathons faster than I had run in the past five years and a 5k within 10 seconds of my PR at an age when I was long past PRs.

Meditations in Motion

Stevenson (obviously) did not have running in mind when he wrote the quote. We plant seeds in other, more salient aspects of our lives.

Meditations in Motion

We plant seeds in our friendships when we treat each other with courtesy and respect. When we promptly respond to friends’ texts and emails, when we look each other in the eye while speaking, signalling undivided attention, when we (kindly) tell each other only the truth, and when we help a friend who is down to rise, we are planting seeds.

Meditations in Motion

We plant seeds with our children (and grandchildren) when we are consistent and kind towards them. Our harvest is realized after years of patiently and faithfully tending those seeds when our children grow up to be independent, responsible and thoughtful people who treat their children with consistency and kindness.

Meditations in Motion

We plant seeds with our spouses or significant others when we are honest, compassionate and attentive. By showing our loved ones how much they are valued and appreciated, we sow the seeds of harmony and accord in our relationships. We plant seeds when we build our partners up, rather than tearing them down.

Meditations in Motion

Finally, we sow seeds of faith. We read sacred texts, have thoughtful discussions and prayerfully meditate to initiate and nurture our spiritual lives. Many of us are familiar with the verse from Matthew 17, where Jesus tells his disciples that even faith as small as a mustard seed is enough to move mountains.

After a long, cold and cruelly extended winter, spring is finally here. Time to tend to our gardens. What seeds are you planting?

I am linking up with Holly from HoHo Runs and Wendy from Taking the Long Way Home for their Weekly Wrap. Join me there for some fabulous fitness blogs! I am also linking up with Running on Happy and Fairytales and Fitness for their Friday 5. If you like running and fitness blogs, check them out here!

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I am linking up with Holley Gerth for Coffee for Your Heart. I am also linking up with Char at Trekking Thru. Check out some moving inspirational blogs here and with Teaching What Is Good for their Tuesday Link-up.

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39 comments

  1. My gardener’s heart is rejoicing in that quote–not quite ready to do any planting here in Maine, but soon. Soon.
    And you’ve given me another way of looking at my daily exercises. I do view that time as an investment in my future good health and strength.

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  2. I love this so much! Sometimes I think it’s easier to notice the seeds others are (or are not) planting than to be cognizant of our own habits. I was just thinking today about how/if my day-to-day activities align with my priorities.

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  3. I am not an early morning exerciser, so good for you!
    I am nurturing kids, my marriage, my faith, and relationship with God. Keeping friendships thriving is hard at this stage, but we try!

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  4. This was so beautifully written and I love the thinking behind this. I own a landscaping business, so I plant seeds all winter long by building my client list over the cold months to reap the benefits of planting Literal seeds in there lawn now that the weather is nice.

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  5. I think this is so true. We do need to be mindful of the seeds we are planting and the consequent harvest we will reap. I liked the examples you used – planting seeds with your kids, grand kids, spouse, friends and faith towards God. Great things to be mindful of, thank you 🙂

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  6. Wow!! I love that analogy especially looking at running. I just ran my first Half Marathon yesterday and I spoke about all my training coming together and things just working out on race day. Beautiful to think I have been planting seeds since the beginning of the year to get to that finish line.

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  7. As a country girl who grew up with a massive garden, I love the seed analogy. I recently also experienced a PR at an age I thought they were more than likely over. It was a great lesson of belief and patience. Those little seeds can sprout and bloom if tended properly. Great post. Thanks for linking!

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