Tuesday Thoughts AndThe Orchard
Hi Friends, What did you implement from what you learned about guilt last week? Today I want to share something I heard recently. Since I think in pictures a lot, this image stuck with me. Think of an apple. Easy to do, it's fall time, at least in some parts of the country. You might just see one apple in front of you, right? But in reality, this one apple holds an entire orchard inside. One seed planted, nurtured, and cared for can yield a tree with many apples holding hundreds of seeds, which can produce even more trees with more fruit. So far so good. Now, see yourself as the apple. The thing is, we all want to "be fruitful" and do good in the world and leave it a better place. We all have the intrinsic human need to contribute. Now tell me, how do you get to the seed in an apple? We agree that the peel doesn’t produce more fruit. Neither does the meat of the apple. Even though those are tasty parts. You get to the seeds in 2 ways: you let the apple rot or you cut it to the core. Your CORE is the essential part of you that can produce the richest fruit in your life. Everyone of us has been given these seeds; this core. Everyone of us has gifts and talents that are intrinsic to us individually. The true treasure and potential to live your life to the fullest is hidden in your core. You choose if and when you are ready to cut to the core. It feels just like it sounds. Painful. Talk to anyone who has "made it”. I guarantee it was hard, painful and full of obstacles. What you see is their orchard. You do not see the process of cutting to the core to extract the full potential of their gift. And just like an apple tree takes years to produce fruit, so it is with your process of letting your gift shine. The question often becomes: But what is my gift? Maybe it will become clear as you cut to the core and let go of all the "peel and meat" that covers it up. A lot of woman go through this "cutting" process in midlife. Values shift. Family shifts. It's almost like an awakening of what is truly important. And it's not the outer layers. It’s the core. It's who you are and who you are meant to be. To allow the growth process to be free, you need to be willing to cut to the core and expose the seeds that have always been there. The layers covering it up are the outer life situations, the expectations you have of yourself and others, experiences you’ve had with others, old patterns and beliefs and so much more that prevents you from getting to the center. The transformational powers are way down in the core. You need to peel away all the layers that told you who you were supposed to be and what you were supposed to do. To do that takes strength; a renewing of the mind, a rewiring of your old beliefs and a support system because not all will see what you see. You were meant to produce fruit. You were meant to contribute. You were created with a beautiful core. You were meant to live life to the fullest.
You can count the number of seeds in an apple, but you can never count the number of apples in a single seed.
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Until next time, Isabelle
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