A couple of days ago I put up a post about what we can learn from a vineyard as a metaphor to improving and/or improving our lives.
That post was over here.
Essentially, it was saying that just as if we had received property as a gift, had built a great vineyard over many years which was producing award winning wine, and if through a series of circumstances, a tornado if you will came and destroyed the vineyard, now what?
We suggested that instead of sitting despondent among the ruins of the vineyard, that the owner would dust him or herself off, and start to rebuild.
The property was a gift to the owner.
The owner has a responsibility, an obligation to rebuild, to plant, to harvest and to make the best effort possible to produce that award winning wine again.
It will not be the same wine, nor is it the same vineyard, but nevertheless, it is still the owner's task to take care of the field, beautify it as much as possible and turn it into an aromatic garden of grapes once again.
The simile, the analogy is to us, ourselves.
We have received this life as a gift.
As far as I know, to my awareness, none of us did anything specific before birth.
Just from looking at the world as it is, we were born and this life is a gift.
The body we received as well as our mind.
Everything that we came into the world with is analogous to being our property.
This is our field so to speak.
I find it interesting that people refer to a profession as a field as well as our most defined interests.
True, it is related to area, but I am now thinking about field in it's most literal sense, ground, earth, dirt, that with the right work and care, can actually produce fruits and vegetables, brush and trees, gardens and orchards and of course a vineyard.
I am suggesting that people share traits with the earth in a sense.
People can blossom and of course can lie desolate and unproductive.
People can produce great beauty and weeds and worse, violent tremors, earthquakes as well.
I was thinking about this analogy the last couple of days and some more thoughts came to mind that seemed appropriate.
The first idea is that just as the owner plants the vineyard with an end in mind, so too should we plant the ideas in our mind with an end in mind.
The fruits of the vineyard are the grapes and the wine.
The fruits of a person are his actions, habits, creative endeavors, work, the effect he has on his body, mind and spirit, all which require work, toiling in the field so to speak.
The initial idea though is the most important because it is the target, it is the goal.
Once you have the goal, then you can devise the plan to achieve it, always keeping that goal in mind.
Let's say you have a goal of success financially, getting healthier physically and growing spiritually.
Those are all great goals, but not very specific.
The owner of the vineyard knows the type of grapes he wants to grow, in which part of the field, how much yield and time he needs to produce the wine.
He has a vision of even the bottle shape and label and can see it being served on the tables of the finest restaurants and all those willing to pay the price for his hard work.
We can see the effects of physical effort on the body if you start a workout program.
What about the effects of thought on your mind and attitude.
Do you think there might be a link between self degradation and not being able to make it in the world?
I think that the ever present thoughts we have in our mind, do effect our outcomes.
We cannot say that we want to be successful and secretly think that we are a failure.
We have to think that we are successful.
I would compare that to planting a seed in the earth, if you plant an orange seed, up comes the orange tree, not an apple tree.
The type of seed that you plant, will be the crop that you reap.
As you sow, so shall you reap, we have probably all heard that maxim in our life.
So, the important point is:
Plant the thoughts that you want to harvest, meaning, if you want success, then plant that thought in your mind that you are successful, if you want love in your life, plant that thought that you are an attractive loving person, these thoughts will produce like results.
One more note, just as seeds are planted in the ground, modestly, and grow from continued nourishment until they sprout forth, so too your ideas, your dreams, your thoughts should be your own, plant them in your mind and do not spray them around all over the place to every person that you meet.
The thoughts of success must be firmly in your head, not being shared with everyone else while you speak.
That will diminish their power of effect just as when you throw seeds into the wind, it is much harder for them to take root.
You want to be rooted in your field like a tree, strong and clear on what your goals are, what your thoughts are, your vision for the crops you are creating now.
So, get the vision, get the target goals, fix them in your mind, keep them to yourself and keep working hard, keep working the field till they grow.
The same applies to physical changes, where you know you have to eat healthier and exercise to have an impact on the shape of your body.
And the same applies to your spirit, perhaps you might feel better about the day by being appreciative for even the smallest things, like being able to breathe, try that on for size, if we can lower our expectations and be grateful for breathing itself, that could really help us have a day filled with gratitude and less misery if our mind is always focused on the jet we do not yet own.
In this manner, we can build our own field of dreams.
And last, just to leave you off with some music, the song that was playing in my head before I thought the above was my favorite version of.