long from now, I will be someone different. I will
have new experiences and new learning behind me, and I
will have changed some of my beliefs based on what I will
have learned. I constantly am becoming, constantly
am moving on with my life. But do I just sit back
and assume that because I'm breathing, I'm becoming?
Or do I try to nourish myself in the process of becoming,
helping myself to grow through reading and listening and
watching and taking good care of myself overall?
I do attend to myself and provide myself with the
nourishment I need to grow--not just to maintain the
status quo--then I'm giving myself the opportunity to
become something very special, indeed. If I attend
to myself then I provide myself with unlimited
potential. If, on the other hand, I neglect myself
by providing only my very basic needs and nothing more,
then my potential is only to stay the same, and nothing
need watering, but seeds and seedlings also need constant
attention. They need to have the weeds around them
pulled, for those weeds will use up all the water and
nutrients that could help plants to grow. Likewise,
we need to be constantly vigilant to recognize the things
that we do or have that rob us of our vigor, that hold us
down or back, that prevent us from growing and becoming
the beings that we're meant to be.
don't neglect yourself--you deserve far much more than
your own neglect. Treat yourself as you'd treat a
tender seed, or a young seedling, with care and respect
and attention. You are a very special person, and
what you can contribute to the world can only grow as you
grow yourself. You can't expect yourself to grow
without helping yourself to do so, and you're definitely
the most important helper that you'll have in your
life. You deserve the best treatment of all.
Do you attend to yourself and your needs regularly?
What kinds of weeds are growing in your garden?
How do you nourish yourself to help you grow
spiritually, emotionally, and intellectually?
Just as gardeners cultivate their plots, keeping them free
from weeds, and growing
the flowers and fruits which they require, so may
a person tend the garden
of his or her mind, weeding out all the wrong,
useless, and impure thoughts, and cultivating
toward perfection the
flowers and fruits of right, useful, and pure thoughts. By pursuing
this process, a person sooner or later discovers that he or she is the
of his or her soul, the director of his or her life.