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by Donna Bennett
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November 2009 Archives

...I choose to risk my significance,
to live so that which came to me as seed
goes to the next as blossom,
and that which came to me as blossom,
goes on as fruit.

From the poem, " I Will Not Live An Unlived Life"

This month, I invite you to reflect on these words from the beautiful poem by Dawna Markova, and what they could mean for your life.

What seed has been given to you?
What thought, idea, passion, or dream is waiting to be nourished and grown in you? Are you longing to learn, to write, to design, to teach, to build, to mentor? A seed cannot take root on its own. It must have your active participation to give it the particular water, air, light, and food it needs to blossom and flourish.

What will it mean when seed turns to blossom?
What will you do with the yield from your care and attention to bring seed to blossom? Where will you take what you have tended and grown so that others may benefit (e.g. the classroom, the community, etc.)? How will what you have cultivated in yourself and others bear fruit?

What is needed to bear fruit from blossom?
The fruit is the place where your skills, values, passion, interests, education, and learning meet the needs of the world. Whether it is one person, a group of people, a community or greater, that is the place where both you as the giver and the other(s) as receiver will be fed and nourished. The place where new seeds will grow, blossom and bear fruit.