“A man’s mind may be likened to a garden, which may be intelligently cultivated or allowed to run wild; but whether cultivated or neglected, it must, and will, bring forth. If no useful seeds are put into it, then an abundance of useless weed seeds will fall therein, and will continue to produce their kind.
Just as a gardener cultivates his plot, keeping it free from weeds, and growing the flowers and fruits which he requires, so may a man tend the garden of his mind, weeding out all the wrong, useless, and impure thoughts, and cultivating toward perfection the flowers and fruits of right, useful, and pure thoughts,
By pursuing this process, a man sooner or later discovers that he is the master gardener of his soul, the director of his life. He also reveals, within himself, the laws of thought, and understands with ever-increasing accuracy, how the thought forces and mind elements operate in the shaping of his character, circumstances, and destiny.” James Allen – As a Man Thinketh
A beautiful and fitting metaphor about the seeds of thought.
How they can germinate into intention. And then, with time, grow into action.
The bounty you can produce in your role as the gardener of your soul.
Without a doubt, what you grow will always be contingent on what you plant and how you go about tending what you have planted.
As Mr. Allen suggests, you cannot simply throw some seeds in the ground, add water on occasion, let it go and just let things grow.
You have to make a commitment to what you have sown.
For ill winds can blow up, transporting and depositing undesirable spores into your plot.
Untended, they can take root, grow and choke out what you planted.
So be ever vigilant.
For as the gardener of your soul, you are the one to work the land.
Reap what has been sown.
In a harvest entirely of your making.