One thing that many of us excel at in life is
self-care other-care. We give and give and give and care and care and care. Yet we forget to remember that we have to grow seeds in order to give seeds.
I am struck again and again of the lifespan of a sunflower. It starts as a seed and with much care (by others and nature: rain and food) it sprouts into a flower and grows. Then one day it blooms a sunflower head. The leaves stay folded into the center of the flower protecting the developing seeds. Then one day, as the seeds become fully grown, the petals unfold and reveal the sunflower seeds that the flower produced during its growing process.
Once the seeds are revealed, the flower drops them. Some of them set into the ground to grow new flowers, some are gathered by others to plant or eat.
So what does this mean for us as people?
Sometimes we need to
A. Let others nurture us, feed us, protect us, provide, and aid in our growth
B. Allow ourselves time to grow and bloom
C. Protecting our seeds (our gifts, skills, talents, energy)
and then- we are ready to release our time and seeds to others. Only after our own growth and self-care can we give back and care for others.