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Daily Leadership Thought #155 – We Do Reap What We Sow…

June 16, 2011

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All of us do “reap what we sow.”

There are some old sayings that stick around for a while because they contain a fundamental truth that transcends the ages.  One of my favorites is “we reap what we sow.”  It is such a simple concept but profound, nonetheless.   Our actions will always have consequences.  Think about it.  Sometimes in the smallest ways we impact other people.  Less frequently but more powerfully are those actions that over time have a significant impact on others.

I do believe in the whole idea of karma – what we put out in the world comes back to us, good, bad, or otherwise.  I ask you to take a moment and audit the most important relationships in your life.  Are you taking someone for granted?  Are you making someone else’s life unnecessarily stressful or difficult?  Are you tending to your relationship garden in a manner that allows flowers to bloom and shrubs to grow or precipitating an early frost which causes things to wither and fade?

It’s widespread practice these days to blame others for our own unhappiness.  Don’t do it!  Look in the mirror first and ask yourself the two Buddha questions: 1) How have I contributed to the situation and 2) What am I supposed to learn from this?  Happiness and fulfillment start with you and your impact on other people – not the other way around.

Whatever your vocation or position of authority, try and sow some positive energy in this world and your relationships.  See the good in others.  Give someone a second chance – it will make all the difference.  I have learned some lessons the hard way in my life and let me tell you, the hard way is overrated.  What the world and business need most right now is positive karma.