It started back in April. I planted three seeds in a pot of soil, watered it, and waited. For three weeks or so, nothing happened. I'd almost given up when two seed leaves appeared. Another week later, a second seed sprouted. Before long, both plants produced heart-shaped true leaves and began to grow up the stake in the pot.
Planting seeds is an act of hope. Maybe the seeds won’t sprout. Maybe they will, but the sprouts will “damp off.” Maybe I’ll forget to water the pot and the plant will die. Maybe a wayward dog or child will knock it over and break the plant. But maybe, if all goes well, it will grow, and flower, and add beauty to the world.
Relationships are like that too. We meet a lot of people, plant lots of seeds, but the relationships only grow when we tend them. And like plants, relationships are at constant risk from neglect and outside forces. But if we’re lucky, and if we nurture them, they grow and bloom and make our lives beautiful.
August 27th is National Just Because Day, which makes it a great day to nurture those relationships. Send a card to someone you haven’t been with in a while. Call a relative. Make a family member’s favorite dinner.
Celebrate! Just because…
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