What You Sow is What You Reap

It has been a brilliant week, with a trip to Barnoldswick, near the Lake District, to deliver my 3 Masterclasses to the Rolls Royce team led by Production Leader Graham Dickinson. They were an energetic, interactive group, and we had a great time learning new mental resilience techniques.
On Bank Holiday Monday, I am having a date night with Julie, and we are booked in to see Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire at the X Plus screen in the Nottingham Showcase. This is a big screen which will do justice to this epic action movie. Sometimes, we need to switch off and remember to have fun along life’s journey.
I came across this story, and it made me think about the importance of being kind and caring enough to make a difference.
Be kind to others even if it hurts you.
“In the days when an ice cream sundae cost much less, a 10-year-old boy entered a hotel coffee shop and sat at a table. A waitress put a glass of water in front of him.
‘How much is an ice cream sundae?’
’50 cents,’ replied the waitress.
The little boy pulled his hand out of his pocket and studied several coins.
‘How much is a dish of plain ice cream?’ he inquired. Some people were waiting for a table, and the waitress was impatient.
’35 cents,’ she said brusquely.
The little boy again counted the coins. ‘I’ll have the plain ice cream,’ he said.
The waitress brought the ice cream, put the bill on the table and walked away. The boy finished the ice cream, paid the cashier and departed.
When the waitress returned, she began wiping down the table and swallowed hard at what she saw.
There, placed neatly beside the empty dish, were 15 cents – her tip.”
He cared enough to sacrifice his pleasure.
This boy could have had the delicious ice cream sundae, but if he did, he couldn’t tip the waitress. He could have been selfish and just pleased himself with the best ice cream. But he didn’t. He had a caring attitude, and he didn’t want to eat and leave without leaving a tip. This boy was on a good path in life.
This speaks volumes about the character of this boy. He demonstrated real wisdom, knowing that what you give out is generally what you receive. I believe that if you are kind and generous and help people along the way, life will work out well for you.
It may take some time, in some cases years, but if you continue to do good, you will eventually be rewarded for what you have done. The Bible says, ‘You reap what you sow,’ I have been living by this principle for the past ten years and have seen my life completely transformed.
What you sow is what you reap.
The proverb “what you sow is what you reap” encapsulates the concept of cause and effect. It suggests that the consequences of our actions are directly proportional to the actions themselves.
In agricultural terms, sowing refers to the act of planting seeds, while reaping refers to the act of harvesting what has been sown. Applied metaphorically to life, it means that the results or outcomes one experiences directly reflect the choices and actions they have made.
If you plant seeds of kindness, generosity, hard work, and positivity, you will likely reap rewards such as happiness, fulfilment, and success. Conversely, if you plant seeds of negativity, dishonesty, and selfishness, you will likely reap consequences such as unhappiness, discord, and missed opportunities.
This proverb emphasises personal responsibility and accountability for our actions, suggesting that the quality of our lives is determined by the choices we make and the energy we put into the world.
It serves as a reminder to act with integrity, mindfulness, and consideration for others, as the consequences of our actions ultimately shape our experiences and outcomes.
Thoughts for the week

  1. What are you sowing in life?
  2. Are your seeds (or actions) good, which will grow into rich harvests, or are they bad and they will produce a poor crop?
  3. This week, consider the saying, ‘What you sow is what you reap,’ and note every action you take.
  4. Remember that generally, good actions result in a good life, while negative actions result in a sad one.
  5. Never forget that the little things often make all the difference.

Well, that’s it for this week. Have a wonderful weekend, and stay positive.
Warm regards


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