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[Updated April 28, 2020]
Until now, this post only had those 4 words on it. For 7 years!
There are 2 parables that come to mind. One is about the best time to plant a tree and the other is about how we should learn a lesson in patience from the bamboo tree.
The parable about the bamboo tree is that it takes 5-7 years of daily nurturing for the seed to germinate and grow a strong root system but that all this is invisible to the eye and one doesn’t know if it’ll actually grow. And then, all of a sudden, one day, it sprouts out of the ground and begins growing an inch every 40 minutes and gets to about 90 feet in just 30 days. So, the lesson is to have patience and trust that all the hard work will pay off.
The other one says, “The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The second-best time is now.”
Both of these relate, by the way, to how long it’s taken me to make something out of an idea I had about 7 years ago. It was more than an idea, it was something like a flash download – an intuitive knowing about how a whole bunch of separate pieces fit together to create a unified system.
It looked something like this:
All the things I had studied till then about how we operate, how we can grow and how we can reduce or eliminate needless suffering and start flourishing including:
- Answering the big questions in life
- Understanding ourselves – our light and our shadow
- Human Needs and how we meet them, or don’t
- Neuroscience & Mindfulness & Emotional Intelligence
- The Ego & Its Players
- The misuse of the mind
- Balancing the Autonomic Nervous System
- Trauma, its effects & healing
- The Chakras
- Psychophysiological Coherence
- Neurolinguistic Programming
- States & Mindsets
- Positive Psychology
- And much more
So many concepts and ideas came together for me and I could connect much of them in a mindmap but it would take 7 more years of study (daily nurturing), working on myself, working with clients, and several more mindmaps to get here… kind of like the bamboo. This is just the beginning now, and my hope is that HeartRich will grow just as magnificently as the bamboo.
Unfortunately, I’ve discovered that a) the Bamboo isn’t a tree, it’s a grass and b) it doesn’t take years to grow underground – it can begin sprouting as quickly as any other seed. UGHHHH! Nice story though. It still pays to have patience and trust and faith and optimism and hope!
The other platitude or proverb, whatever it is, remains true, if you want a big tree today, you should have planted it a long time ago. So, if you’re treeless today, better start planting.
So where am I going with all of this?
I created this post as a placeholder nearly 7 years ago and feel so much gratitude that you’re here today!
I’m a constant learner and that’s never going to stop but I’ve had to learn to plant some seeds to start growing some trees so they’ll benefit someone, some day. All these ideas floating in the mind do the world no good, and I want to do good. I want to make a contribution.
I hope HeartRich makes a positive difference in your life.
Thank you for visiting!