Abundance. Life ROI. Lessons from the Farm - Betty Streff
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Abundance. Life ROI. Lessons from the Farm

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Abundance. Life ROI. Lessons from the Farm

(Read in just over :03)“Plant seeds of happiness, hope, success, and love; it will all come back to you in abundance. This is the law of nature.”~ Steve Maraboli


I’m tellin’ you something. If you live on a farm for 34 years it will change you. It sure changed me. Maybe it’s corny but nothing grows more abundantly on a farm than metaphors for life. Living on a farm will make you notice things an average guy might miss. Ready for another field trip into the wonders and miracles that surround you every day? Well then, here we go!


Wind and the clouds talk to you. The feathery ones they call mare’s tails (look it up!) whisper “the weather will be cooling down, rain tomorrow.” You learn the smell of showers approaching. Sky is a language on the farm. You have a rain gauge close enough that when the sun comes up you can pad out in your robe, coffee cup in hand, and take a look. More important, how much is or is not in it matters! Rain dictates results.


Abundant life on the farm is all about the senses


The experienced eye can actually see wheat ripening. Walk into the field a ways, break off a head and shell out a few kernels by rubbing your hands together. Blow off the chaff, bite into one. Gives a whole new definition to al dente. When will it be ready?


But back up the bus, Miss Betty. Most of us live in town these days. Where do we look for all these wonders? Glad you asked! Your vegetable garden, your back yard, city parks, the neighbor’s flower bed, or my favorite, the local farmer’s market! In every one of these places,  you are witness to the abundance of nature! In life, the law of the harvest is consistent. You always reap MORE than you sow! So what are you planting with yours?


abundant and juicy


Nature is incredibly generous and offers a life lesson by the very truth of it! Take that corn at the top of the page. Mmmm, makes my mouth water! According to my research, a single kernel of corn can produce a plant with an ear containing 600 kernels! Yeah, do that math! Talk about ROI!


huge ROI


OK and how about these beans? How many beans should you plant so you have enough? Well, there’s a website for that, of course. According to the University of Tennessee Extension Service, 1 ounce of seed, a mere 1/16th of a pound, is sufficient for a 25-foot row which will yield approximately 20-30 pounds of the tasty vegetable! Nice return, don’t you think?



Abundance in nature. A mirror for what happens in our lives


When you tune your senses in to what really matters in life, it’s like a light comes on! You begin to see the laws of the universe in action. They repeat themselves everywhere you look. On the farm, in the garden, in life, we reap what we sow. And, it only takes a tiny bit of sunshine to brighten things up astonishingly! Did you notice that when you watched the eclipse? The second the teensiest sliver of sunshine sneaked out from the moon’s shadow, everything lit up!


We have the power to plant a little and reap in abundance too! We plant with our actions, sow with our thoughts, water with our words, nourish with our beliefs and add the sunshine with our attitude. Seems simple enough, doesn’t it? Any hayseed hick gets it. We reap what we sow.


I just have to give a shout out to my incredibly talented brother Stan for the sumptuous, tasty photos. I’ve been blessed to share his gorgeous images since I began blogging! Aren’t they amazing?


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“If you don’t like what you are reaping, you had better change what you have been sowing.”~ Jim Rohn

  • Stan Lindholm

    Great reminder about reaping and sowing. The world, faulty as it is, still returns what we plant – and more. Rumi put it like this: “Can you find another market like this? Where, with your one rose, you can buy hundreds of rose gardens?”

    August 24, 2017 at 5:34 am
  • Gail

    Abundance is what I feel when I read your words about gardening. And when you have enough, you are glad to share. Then sharing creates connections and relationships. That is a harvest!

    August 24, 2017 at 9:54 pm
  • Sheila R.

    Growth is beautiful, in a garden or in a heart!

    August 24, 2017 at 10:56 pm
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