The proverb ‘ you reap what you sow’ is an old saying that means for every one of our actions there is a consequence. Whatever you put your time, talent and energy into is what you get back. The proverb is also expressed as: as you sow, so shall you reap. The sentiment comes from the New Testament of the Bible, Galatians 6:7: “ Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap.
To reap is to gather a crop and to sow is to plant seeds and throughout the bible sowing is used as a metaphor for one’s actions and reaping for the results of those actions. When a farmer scatters seeds over fertile ground, he sows. This metaphor might be used for anything good or bad, whatever you sow, will grow and you will be left to deal with the consequences.
Just like the farmer, we can expect to reap the crops of the seeds we have sown. We sow negative thoughts, we reap negativity, we sow positive thoughts, we reap positivity. We can’t sow negative feelings, thoughts and behaviours and expect to reap the crops of happiness and gratitude. That would be like the farmer expecting to reap apples when he sowed orange seeds.
For me, writing every day is sowing seeds of mindfulness and an increased clarity of thought and the benefits I reap from this is a happier version of myself. Exercising throughout the week sows the seeds for both a fitter body and clearer mind and from this I reap a healthier version of myself. By practising mindfulness on a daily basis allows me to regulate my emotions and emphasises the gratitude for what I have in my life- sowing the seeds for better relationships.
Recently I’ve applied this saying to my social media feeds. If I follow (sow) those who provoke my anxiety then I will be left reaping negative feelings such as inadequacy, pressure and stress. But if I fill my social media feeds with positivity, by following things that make me feel good and inspire me then I’ll feel motivated and energised- it really is that simple.
We have more control over these things than we realise and it is you who must control your social media, don’t let social media control you. There are lots of articles and blogs out there which advise you on who to follow to get the best out of your feed, so have a look, take control and sow seeds of greatness.