From acorn to mighty oak

Planting a seed and in time seeing it change into a beautiful flowering plant or even a tree is one of nature’s miracles. Of course, the seed needs the right conditions but with these comes the growth. This imagery of planting a seed and giving it the right conditions for growth is one that can be applied to many facets of life. The seed can be many things …an idea, a new relationship and even the beginnings of a story. Add your own interpretation here …

A work colleague gave me the idea of starting a school in the Philippines, after I told her my wife and I had bought some land there. The story of how this has developed into the idea of a school and support centre for children with Cerebral Palsy can be found on my website At the moment, we are trying to give it the right conditions for growth … planning how it will be run, going through the process of starting a charity, appointing trustees who can offer the key skills to move the project forward. It’s still very much a work in progress but the journey has definitely started.

How about the idea for a new story? It might be that you need to leave the seed for a while. Germination sometimes takes longer than we appreciate. Maybe you now need to start adding the conditions for growth … add to your jottings – get more inspiration, develop a character, deepen the plot, take a big chunk out … only you know what needs to be done.

Be patient, it will grow and develop into something wonderful if you tend to it as a gardener carefully tends his plants.

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