Plant A Seed

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You have a fertile mind, don’t you? Planted any good seeds there lately?

Springtime is finally here and a lot of us are getting ready to plant bright, new flowers, Big Boy tomatoes and summer squash. So, after too many cold, gray days indoors, under artificial lights and wallpaper scenery, cabin fever once again reminds us our heritage is under a yellow sun and blue skies with our hands in the dirt. Don’t worry; there aren’t many giants at the top of every bean stalk, just good nutrition and the satisfaction of “growin’ your own.”

So how about that fertile brain you’ve been lugging around all winter? Helen G. White, 19th Century author and visionary, said, “Talk unbelief, and you will have unbelief; but talk faith, and you will have faith. According to the seed sown will be the harvest.” Or, more simply, you can become what you think. Plant wisely.

Maybe a seed of a new idea from a friend sprouted in your email inbox, a kernel of truth you hadn’t seen before arrived on the TV news or the germ of a thought dropped out of a sermon last Sunday. Open eyes and ears—an open mind—are how you seed a fertile brain.

Your harvest will be good deeds, the proof of good seeds. You may never know how much good you do with a single good deed, but a good-turn-given or wise-decision-taken is one more good seed planted. Robert H. Schuller put it like this: “Anyone can count the seeds in an apple, but only God can count the number of apples in a seed.”

This week, The Jamestown Gazette invites you to the Think Spring Garden Fair, Saturday, March 23rd at the Dr. Lillian Ney Renaissance Center in Downtown Jamestown. Read all about it on Page 1. There will be lush spring garden displays, good food and hands-on workshops for everyone’s enjoyment. And, admission is FREE.

Let your fingers do the planting once again in the rich, deep soil of a Western New York Springtime and let your eyes and ears get ready to plant new ideas and springtime inspirations in that fertile brain of yours.

“The love of gardening is a seed once sewn that never dies,” said the famous British gardener, Gertrude Jekyll, who planted more than 400 public and private gardens in the United Kingdom, Europe and the United States.

Think Spring, use good seed and plant wisely. And, as always, enjoy the read.

Walt Pickut, Editor

The Jamestown Gazette