Life is passing us all by – second by second, minute by minute, hour by hour. (You get the idea.) But that is not necessarily a bad thing. I realize most people think getting older is the worst thing that can happen to you (that is, short of being six feet under) but I like to look at it a different way.
Each passing day gives us a chance to not only have wonderful experiences, but also plant seeds for a happy life in the future. Therefore, you should do something today that your future self will thank you for. For example, going to college is the ultimate way to do this. You study hard now in order to have the career you want very soon. Another example would be staying faithful to your partner. This helps ensure you have the mate you want for a lifetime.
We are planting seeds everyday, whether we realize it or not, so it’s best to be mindful of this on a daily basis.
Here are a few things to think about when spreading those seed around:
Plant the Right Kind of Seeds
You can unintentionally plant bad seeds in your life without realizing it. Don’t say or do things you will regret later. Instead, make sure everything seed you plant will wield a happy result down the line.
This applies to simple things like helping someone in need and also big things like setting up automatic deposits into a retirement account. But let’s look at the obvious ones.
Some good seeds to plant:
- Retirement investments and savings
- Going to college or changing careers
- Spending time with friends and finding ways to make new ones
- Putting time and effort into relationship with partner
- Spending quality time with children/grandchildren
- Exercising (helps you mentally and physically)
- Making time for yourself
- Finding ways to make money that are not stressful
These are some of the biggies in life that will really pay off in the future. I especially like “finding ways to make money that are not stressful”. As an American I too have been a victim of the overstressed lifestyle that permeates our very existence. After all, money IS NOT everything!
Plant at Least One Seed Each Day
You might think it sounds like a lot of work to do this each day, but it really isn’t. You have to remember that some seeds are smaller than others. If you take the time to sit quietly with a good cup of coffee and read a book, then you have made an investment in yourself that promotes your happiness both now and down the road.
Reading a book to your child makes for a warm, fuzzy experience for you and your child. It is an investment in both of you personally and also in your relationship as parent and child.
Just Be Positive
I realize this is easier said than done, but it becomes a habit just like anything else. If you work at it, then it will eventually become habit. If you are positive, then you will automatically plant many wonderful seeds for your future without even thinking about it!