The seed you plant today, will be the tree that gives you shade tomorrow.
~ West Indian Proverb
This was a popular saying of many back home and I never really appreciating the meaning myself. My grandmother took this to heart though, she sowed seeds of faith, seeds of generosity, seeds of wisdom and knowledge. She was also constantly telling us (my brothers and I) that the seeds she was sowing was not for herself, but rather for her children and grandchildren. Something my neophyte mind couldn’t comprehend. Why would a woman who had so little give so much of herself to others, often without reciprocation?
When I became an adult and had children of my own, without understanding the true meaning. I followed the same path…….Giving without expecting anything in return; many of my friends said I was encouraging laziness, that I was naive. But in actuality, nothing was given to anyone who didn’t need it. So my life of giving went on, until the time came when I could no longer give the way I wanted to. This week with a little help from a few good people, I learned the meaning of “the seeds planted today, will be the tree that gives shade tomorrow!’ As those seeds of faith, kindness and favour grew into trees that provided me the shade I needed during the storm. Life is a circle, what we send out eventual finds it way back to us, the kindness we show to others may not always return from the same hands, but rather from some other. We are all our brothers keepers, we are all connected through humanity and acts of selflessness. Continue to sow those seeds of Greatness and enjoy the shade of your labour.
©Etta D. Richards