SPEAK: Reap By the Spirit: Say Yes to the Harvest (part 2 of 4)

SPEAK! … By the Spirit™ with
Erica A. Hawthorne

Say Yes to the Harvest (Part 2 of 4)

© 2010 Erica A. Hawthorne

September 8, 2010

As much as I love my array of clothes, I realize that sometimes I treat my stitched collection more as a curse than a blessing.  Since I was young one of my least favorite chores was putting away my clothes.  I was a child who loved systems and being able to do things in a rhythmic, systematic way.  The act of putting away clothes required that each item received its own special care and attention as to the way it was hung or folded.  To me, this seemed tedious.  I admit, I procrastinated and developed a pesky habit of stacking clothes and often times getting dressed from the mile high, wrinkly piles I created.

When it was time to head back to school I eagerly anticipated the shopping season and reminded my mother of this, to which she’d reply with something to the tune of:

“How do you expect me to buy you new stuff, when you treat what you have so haphazardly?”

Well … she had a point.  To her it seemed that any new item would soon befall the same fate as the current collection of clothing (and she was probably right).  Don’t get me wrong, I loved and continue to love my clothes.  They reflect my style and wrap me in wonderful colors and textures of comfort and beauty.

In the same way I think of other blessings, gifts and opportunities in our lives that we may treat a little roughly…maybe because we take it for granted because it shows up in our lives abundantly.  We do this with sometimes with our natural talents and gifts.  We’ve become so accustomed to the gift, the abundance…that we at times treat them with a little haphazardness.  Maybe it’s a relationship that we’ve taken for granted because the person and their kindness have always been there.  Maybe we take liberties with time because we always seem to make it work at the last-minute.

After we learn to say “yes” by literally accepting our harvests, we must learn to say yes through the care and attentiveness we give to our harvests; to maintain and expand them.

There are great blessings in our lives right now, towards which we can rekindle the light of gratitude.  When we take a moment to do this, we send the message to the Creator that we can and will be good stewards of the gifts presented to us.  We will be greater farmers to our personal harvests by taking care of those things that have been put in our care.

This week take a moment to list the things in your life that you are currently blessed to have in your life.  Take a moment to consider how much care you take of these things.

If it is a talent you possess, are you in the process of actively nurturing that talent through additional training, practice or by sharing with others?  If you currently have an important position that oversees great projects and tasks using your best skills, are you committing your most disciplined self to the building process?

The Universe loves to shower us with abundance … but we must not only be willing to accept those blessings, but care for them with our love and attentiveness once we have them.

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One Response

  1. Yes, Yes, Yes…I thoroughly agree! We must take care of our blessings. Thank you for putting that message out there.

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