he world, the cosmos, the universe is filled with resources. Opportunities. Potential. There are two dominant mindsets around the world. First, there is the mindset of production, and then there is the mindset of consumption. I am not saying that the production mindset is always on the production mode. Even that mindset at some point will have to move into the consumption mode. The greatest mindset we can have though is the seed mentality. I believe that the seed mentality is an abundance mentality and an over-reliance on the consumption mentality can give birth to scarcity mentality.
Frankly, identifying your seeds is not an outside-in job. It is an inside-in job. It is a mentality. What we are looking for in life is dictated by those two mentalities, that is my belief. The man who looks at another human from the angle of what they can get from them has, I believe, a scarcity mentality. The man who looks at another human as a seed to a relationship from which both mutually benefit is someone with an abundance mentality. You see your seeds with your mind, and not with your eyes. You identify them that way because your mind is operating on a different level. Two people can look at the same thing. One of them can see a seed, another one might see waste. Just like an artist looking at a tree stump and seeing a sculpture and a casual observer seeing a stump or firewood.
Therefore, in order to identify your seeds, you ought to change your mindset.
Let me ask you a question. Looking at your vicinity, at your environment right now, how many seeds can you see? I mean, if you forced yourself for the next five minutes by stopping the traffic around you and enumerating the seeds in your environment, what do you think you will find out? I am willing to bet that there will be more than 20 items that you can easily identify in your immediate environment that are seeds. A seed is something that you can invest in the right environment or in the right way and in time it yields more than what you invested. I challenge you that in an hour, you can enumerate over 150 seeds in any environment that you are in today.
You wee, this world was meant to operate on seeds. What has sustained this world from the get go and what will keep sustaining it is seeds. Without seeds, there is nothing going. In Genessis 8:22, we read:
“For as long as Earth lasts, planting and harvest, cold and heat, Summer and winter, day and night will never stop.”
The question is: What do you see? Probably that is dictated by another question: what are you looking for? That which you are looking for is what you will most likely see. The following ways I believe will help us change our mentality and mindset.
The message of purpose is so strong in the way the cosmos operates, but purpose is always empowered by seeds. Purpose and potential are connected to the hip. When you talk about potential, you are talking about seeds. If you reconnect to your purpose, you will understand that you are here on a mission and your outlook on life will be totally different. A man on a mission or a man with a purpose looks at giving, impacting, influencing, not getting, hoarding and short-cutting.
What an empowering thought. If you look at yourself as someone who is here on earth to get, to be pitied and helped, you will not see any seeds in your vicinity. Each of us is a producer in our own right. We are equipped inherently to be creative and productive. “Be fruitful and multiply” is the foundation command we operate with as humans. Of course we have been operating with it functionally, but it is high time we became intentional and purposeful about it. [ictt-tweet-inline]If you see yourself as a consumer every waking day, you will not identify opportunities around you to be a person of impact in this life.[/ictt-tweet-inline]
There is a very powerful quote about seeing:
“If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at will change”.
In other words, if you are intentional about seeing seeds in your environment, the seeds will appear. Remember the whole wide world operates on seeds, not fruits. [ictt-tweet-inline]Your breakthrough is in a seed, not a fruit. Your success is hidden in a seed, not in a breakthrough.[/ictt-tweet-inline] So if you started to intentionally look for seeds, you will be amazed at how much you are surrounded with them at every turn.
Of course I am aware that critical thinking is not a natural disposition of everyone, but thinking seriously is. If you learnt to be observant, meditative, reflective and curious, you will start seeing things in a different light. When your mind is just as blank as you woke up with, you are doing yourself a disservice. An inquisitive mind, a reflective mind and an engaged mind enables you to start seeing the seeds around you.
Believe it or not, gratitude is an attitude of abundance. Complaining and criticizing will always create an aura of strife and scarcity. However, the spirit of gratitude will inherently cause you to see seeds in your environment. Even if your spouse has treated you wrongly, if you choose to focus on the good that they did and be grateful about it, you will realize that there is something in them that can be nurtured. The more you are grateful, the more your eyes are opened to see even more. The more you are critical, the more you see the worst in them.
All in all, seeds are what move the world forward. There are seeds all around us. [ictt-tweet-inline]There is abundance on earth. We don’t see it because we are looking at fruits instead of seeds. [/ictt-tweet-inline]Think about that.