Have you ever gotten to the end of the day and wondered what you did all day?
Yeah. Me too.
As an educator, one of my favorite quotes is this one from Robert Louis Stevenson:
Teachers plant seeds daily, having faith that, one day, those seeds will sprout and, collectively, a forest will spring up. But, on a day to day basis, the view is seeds and soil, with an occasional sprout to keep hope alive.
The fact is, that's how it is for most of us, most days. Whether we're parents, business people or creative artists, each day, we show up and we plant seeds.
In this article in Inc., Josh Linkner asserts that this is what successful people do. Planting seeds is part of the process -- a necessary part of the process, not just of being professional, but of being human.
So, whether you have a green thumb or, like me, leave the gardening to others with more talent in that area, you probably plant seeds every day, whether through teaching, training or even conversation. Even on the days you feel as though the weed are closing in, there is probably some morsel of good that you've done.
Next time you wonder what you've done all day, think about those seeds. You never know when -- or where -- they might take root.