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Planting People

By Dr. Larry B. Gelman

 
 

According to an old Chinese proverb:

 

If you are planting for a year… plant grain.
If you are planting for a decade… plant trees.
If you are planting for a century… plant people.

 

What does it mean to “plant people”?

 

Clear the land, till the soil;

Seed, feed and weed;

Then harvest and enjoy.

 

To “plant people” is to faithfully invest in each person.

 

By cultivating a safe and loving “holding environment” to harbor new life and nurture continual growth;

 

By teaching foundational virtues for deep “roots” to ground a healthy and purposeful base for one’s life;

 

By inspiriting true courage so an individual can rise as high as their “wings” will ever dare them to fly.

 

Whether we “plant people”;

Or realize we are the “plant”;

“Planting people” is a very serious commitment.

 

But only, in deed!

 

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