The only automatic thing in life is weeds and bugs!
They need not be planted, nor cared for.
Their existence is assumed in that they feed and survive on the good efforts of the industrious.
THE SUMMER OF LIFE, is a time to protect; it is a time for constant daily effort to guard against the busy bugs and the noxious weeds.
The SPRING is a time for the CREATION of things of value, and those things require the season of SUMMER for GROWING and gaining strength that they might yield their result in the coming fall.
The bugs and weeds of life exist to test our human will to succeed, and the human worthiness for life's rich rewards.
I think it important that we develop an understanding and awareness of the fact that all good will be attacked. It's nature's way of qualifying those who are worthy and those who are not.
The weeds of life are designed to turn confidence into doubt, trust into suspicion, patience into impatience, and effort into procrastination, worry and eventual defeat.
DO NOT SPEND VALUABLE TIME ARGUING WITH NATURE.
The weeds, bugs, rock and storms of life will all laugh at those who take time to viciously accuse them of being unfair, and how many times I have done this, yelling out at the universe that IT ISN'T FAIR!
Unfair, yes, but often to those who seek something for nothing, or who seek the rewards of life without paying the price of waging war against obstacles by increased activity and determination.
So, spend no time chasing the birds who seek to peck at your seeds, or the bugs who seek to devour your coming harvest. For those who make diligent efforts to PLANT, PROTECT and PRESERVE there are not enough birds, bugs, or other obstacles to destroy all the efforts of last spring.
It is written that "as you sow, so shall you also reap", but only when you combine the efforts of sowing with the mental effort of believing, and the physical effort of constant attention to those things of VALUE.
Expect adversity, for it shall surely appear. Be grateful for adversity, for it forces our spirits to grow, for surely, our human character is formed not in the absences of difficulty but in our response to difficulty.
We know that we live in a world of causes and consequences. The harvest, which is our life as we now live it, is the result of seeds planted ourselves through unbreakable habits.
Others were planted for us by parents, teachers, and other well-meaning, but often misguided people whose own poor thinking habits were passed on to us. In either case, our current attitude, finances, environment, lifestyle, and our view of our own future possibilities are called circumstances - and to change circumstances, we must change the CAUSE of those circumstances, which is OURSELVES.
We must change our habits, our attitudes, our opinions, and often our occupation, residence, and even friends, if circumstances are ever to change, as hard as it may be.
To accuse others, to feel sorry for ourselves, or to continue rationalizing or making excuses is foolish.
Only a massive, voluntary, and effective assault on changing causes is important.
So it is important then, for us to direct our thought, conversation, and full attention to that if we wish to change circumstances; concentrate a good share of your time upon self-development by planning more, reading more, and investing more in time worthy projects; invest your thoughts toward a worthy purpose, invest your talents toward a worthy occupation, invest your affection toward a worthy recipient, and finally, reserve your greatest respect for yourself, for it is that image.....what you perceive yourself to be.....that determines the quality of life!!
Let's face it.......people and events are going to continue to both hurt and disappoint us. Unfortunately among the people will be those you most love, as well as those you least know. Seldom is it their intent to purposely hurt you, but rather, a variety of situations mostly beyond our control will cause them to act, speak, or think in ways which can have an adverse effect upon us, your present feelings and emotions, and the way your life unfolds.
I personally have found that there is one solution that will support us when people and events hurt us - and that is to learn to work harder on your own personal growth than anything else!!
Since you cannot control the weather, or the traffic, or even the one you love, or your neighbors, or your boss, then you must learn to control YOU, the one whose response to difficulties of life really counts.
It takes hard work, the grunge kind of work, cleaning out the refrigerator, getting rid of that stinking and rotting food that has been hiding in there for ages, now growing mould and infecting the other food.
It takes washing the windows to see out clearly, pulling open the drapes and letting the light in, cleaning out the cupboards of old useless things and making room for new, good, useful things.
It means scrubbing the bath and removing that dirty ring around it that you have been putting off for ages. It means taking a good hard look at yourself and becoming AWARE.
Do not DOUBT yourself, easier said than done, this is something I continuously struggle with, for where doubt resides, CONFIDENCE cannot!
Do not NEGLECT yourself, for with NEGLECT comes LOSS. Do not imagine yourself to be less than you are, nor more than you are, but seek always to become all of which you are capable.
Do not allow yourself to become arrogant or discourteous, for both are characteristics adopted by those who seek to cover their weaknesses!!!! And boy, have I seen this.
Do not spend time regretting the past, but invest that time wisely by preparing for a better future.
You know the old saying " you can't cry over spilt milk" Learn from your mistakes and failures, Learn from your past bad relationships and move forward.
YOU ARE A FERTILE SEED OF THE CREATOR OF ALL THINGS, DESTINED NOT TO LIE DORMANT, BUT TO SPRING FORTH FROM THE SOIIL CALLED LIFE, AND GROW UPWARD TOWARD THE UNLIMITED HORIZONS AND OVERCOMING OBSTACLES IN THE PROCESS.
IT IS YOUR DESTINY TO TAP YOUR TALENTS AND TO ACHIEVE ALL THAT OF WHICH YOU BELIEVE YOURSELF TO BE WORTHY, TO LOVE MORE, ANTICIPATE MORE, OVERCOME MORE, PLAN MORE, ATTRACT MORE, AND TO ENJOY MORE THAN YOU EVER DREAMED POSSIBLE.
YOU ARE DESERVING - YOU ARE BECOMING - AND YOU SHALL SUCCEED is my affirmation even when things look as though it isn't' remember you have planted the seed in the spring and the summer time is the time to NUTURE , GROW AND LOOK AFTER YOUR SEEDLINGS, then you will reap a bountiful harvest if you have been diligent in what you have sown!!!
Next posting for those who are in the WINTER.....