Saturday morning during my last two hours before I started my predictable schedule that will rule my life for the next 2 months, I decided (with some hesitation) to actually plant my garden. I can't believe I'm starting this late, because the growing season in Idaho is not long, and I won't have much time to harvest, and may end up leaving it somewhere in the middle ... before it's all cleaned up and done. Those thoughts made me recognize the hesitation that I have had in planting a garden this year. It came as a question: Is it worth planting when I might not be here to harvest?
I thought that this concept might apply to so many other areas of life as well ... How often do we start things that may benefit others more than they will benefit us? How often are we willing to put that effort in when we may not reap the rewards at the end? Is it really worth it? I really believe in the "Law of the Harvest - you reap what you sow". Some people call this Karma. Whatever you want to call it, I have watched it work - not always immediately, but eventually, so that is a motivation to try harder sometimes.
I guess ultimately, I really do want to be the kind of person that is willing to put the time and effort into something, even though I may not reap the rewards of that. Someone else will, and sometimes paying it forward is enough. So I planted.