Spreading Good News (Part 177 – The Seed)

TODAY’S QUOTE

WORRY NEVER SOLVED A PROBLEM.  FIX IT OR FORGET IT.  ~ Joyce Fields

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TODAY’S BLOG

Over the years, I have read many good pieces that I considered to be profound.  They teach excellent lessons about life.  I saved some of them in my “Joyce’s Favorites” folder.  Here’s one of them.  I don’t know who the author is, but I hope you enjoy it!  ~ Joyce Fields

The Seed

A successful businessman was growing old and knew it was time to choose a successor to take over the business.

Instead of choosing one of his directors or his children, he decided to do something different.  He called all the young executives in his company together.

He said, “It is time for me to step down and choose the next CEO.  I have decided to choose one of you.”

The young executives were shocked, but the boss continued, “I am going to give each one of you a seed today—one very special seed.  I want you to plant the seed, water it and come back here one year from today with what you have grown from the seed I have given you.  I will then judge the plants that you bring, and the one who nurtured the winning plant will be the next CEO.”

One man, named Jim, was there that day and he, like the others, received a seed.  He went home and, excitedly, told his wife the story.

She helped him get a pot, soil, and compost, and he planted the seed.  Every day, he would water it and watch to see if it had grown.  After about three weeks, some of the other executives began to talk about their seeds and the plants that were beginning to grow.

Jim kept checking his seed, but nothing ever grew.

Three weeks, four weeks, five weeks went by—still nothing.  By now, others were talking about their plants, but Jim didn’t have a plant and he felt like a failure.

Six months went by—still nothing in Jim’s pot.  He just knew he had killed his seed. Everyone else had trees and tall plants, but he had nothing.  Jim didn’t say anything to his colleagues, however.  He just kept watering and fertilizing the soil.  He so wanted the seed to grow.

A year finally went by and all the young executives of the company brought their plants to the CEO for inspection.  Jim told his wife that he wasn’t going to take an empty pot. But she asked him to be honest about what happened.

Jim felt sick at his stomach, it was going to be the most embarrassing moment of his life, but he knew his wife was right.  He took his empty pot to the board room.  When Jim arrived, he was amazed at the variety of plants grown by the other executives.

They were beautiful—in all shapes and sizes.  Jim put his empty pot on the floor and many of his colleagues laughed.  A few felt sorry for him!

When the CEO arrived, he surveyed the room and greeted his young executives.  Jim just tried to hide in the back.

“My, what great plants, trees, and flowers you have grown,” said the CEO.

“Today, one of you will be appointed the next CEO!”

All of a sudden, the CEO spotted Jim at the back of the room with his empty pot.  He ordered the financial director to bring him to the front.

Jim was terrified.  He thought:  “The CEO knows I’m a failure!  Maybe he will have me fired!”

When Jim got to the front, the CEO asked him what had happened to his seed.  Jim told him the story.

The CEO asked everyone to sit down except Jim.  He looked at Jim, and then announced to the young executives, “Behold your next Chief Executive!  His name is Jim!”

Jim couldn’t believe it.  Jim couldn’t even grow his seed.  How could he be the new CEO, the others said.

Then the CEO said, “One year ago today, I gave everyone in this room a seed.  I told you to take the seed, plant it, water it, and bring it back to me today.”

“But I gave you all boiled seeds; they were dead—it was not possible for them to grow.  All of you, except Jim, have brought me trees and plants and flowers.

“When you found that the seed would not grow, you substituted another seed for the one I gave you.  Jim was the only one with the courage and honesty to bring me a pot with my seed in it.  Therefore, he is the one who will be the new Chief Executive!”

If you plant honesty, you will reap trust
If you plant goodness, you will reap friends
If you plant humility, you will reap greatness
If you plant perseverance, you will reap contentment

If you plant unselfishness, you will reap admiration
If you plant consideration, you will reap perspective
If you plant hard work, you will reap success
If you plant forgiveness, you will reap reconciliation
If you plant faith in God, you will reap a harvest

So, be careful what you plant now; it will determine what you will reap later.

Sow good things daily into the life of your family!

~ Unknown

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Enjoy a good, short book!  Go to http://www.GoodShortBooks.com.

~ Joyce Fields

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About Line of Serenity (Joyce Fields)

As a thought leader for today's generation, I choose to be part of the solution and am doing things that positively impact people's lives. In addition to being a happy, married (since 1967!) woman, sister, aunt, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, I have over 40 years' experience in "Corporate America": Stenographer, Secretary, Supervisor, Analyst, Office Manager, Executive Assistant. I am also a professional proofreader and the author of eight books (seven non-fiction; one children's fiction--http://www.GoodShortBooks.com).
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6 Responses to Spreading Good News (Part 177 – The Seed)

  1. balding2soon says:

    this is a true statement, there are alot of people out there that will try to deceive others to get what they want when they want. Some will get their ways and others will see through those who are deceitful. There is an old saying I live by, and I try to teach others ” Read between the lines” if each and every person does this they will be able to pick out the deceitful.

  2. Kortnie and Konto says:

    That was excellent!!!

  3. Mike B. says:

    I love this, and it is one of my favorites.

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