Not Quite Done with Acorns: Another Lesson
September 19, 2012
“It is idle, having planted an acorn in the morning, to expect that afternoon to sit in the shade of the oak.”
– Antoine de Saint-Exupery, Wind, Sand and Stars
I don’t know what it is about acorns this year. I seem to be focusing on them more than ever before.
Today’s quote about acorns speaks to the qualities of patience and faith. And it makes me think about what acorns I have planted — certainly parenting is planting acorns. We do our best, and despite our flaws and missteps and outright mistakes, we pray fervently that our children will be all right in the long run. We have faith in our children.
What other acorns have I planted? I trust that my investment in education and my experiences building skill sets will serve me well the rest of my working life. Perhaps I’m even resting too much on my laurels in this area of my life.
The acorns I am planting now have more to do with committing to art — photography, watercolor painting, writing for my blog. Who knows if, long term, these pursuits will grow into anything so recognizable as an oak tree. It is so easy to become derailed by doubt.
The lessons of the acorn: Patience. Faith.