I check it every day to make sure its soil is moist and get rid of any signs of weeds etc. I noticed last month some blossoms coming out and got excited, because the flower comes before the fruit. There are many blossoms, so I anticipate a good harvest, if all goes well.
Then several weeks ago, I noticed 2 pea-sized tomatoes, I got so excited again. I wondered how long it will take for them to be ready to pick.
It seemed like an eternity, but this week, after several weeks of growth, the first of my tomatoes is beginning to blush.
It is not ready to pick yet. It needs more time, more care. You can’t rush the harvest.
And my tomato plant made me think of YOU.
Are you trying to rush your harvest?
Are you taking shortcuts like the grocers do, so that your harvest will ripen unnaturally fast?
Are you deciding that you can’t afford personal development or healthy food?
It’s interesting to note that when times are tough, Americans typically decide to set personal development aside, while people of most other cultures will say that time spent in self development is what helps them change their fortunes.
This is an important distinction. Americans have a tendency to feel “entitled” rather than to feel that all good things demand their sacrifice of time, energy and resources in advance.
Hence the fad diets, do nothing and lose pounds claims, and so forth.
There is no “magic pill” or “quick fix.”
You can’t grow a tomato without first planting a seed and then nurturing the plant as it grows. And you have to wait for the fruits. They don’t spring from nothing into your hand.
Never skimp on yourself.
Never say you have to leave personal growth aside for “better times.”
The time to grow YOU is now!