Baal Sham Tov continued observing the farmer to see that once he finished the last row, he started again at the first seed in the first row, digging it out to check how much it has grown and planting it again with all the care in the world. He proceeded to do the same with every seed in the field until the last one, and then repeating the whole process again. You don’t need to be a farmer to understand what was wrong with this farming method. She Baal Sham Tov urged the farmer to go and have some rest while he takes care of the field. It was very hard to persuade the farmer to leave his field, because he was afraid that once he leaves everything will fall apart. Only when the wise old man promised to give his most care to the plants, did the farmer agree to go to sleep. When he was finally asleep, Baal Sham Tov rode away and left everything behind. It took the farmer a week to wake up, and he rushed outside to check on his field, to find to his surprise everything in full bloom.
We already know that Man can be his own worst enemies, but we didn’t know that sometimes when you try too hard, you undermine the same thing you try to build. This could be the most important single reason why we don’t see our desires manifesting. We desire something, and we work on it. It started to grow in the world, but before it blooms fully, we check reality and we declare that it has not worked, so we try something different, which simply undermines and undo all the work done before, and the cycle continues on and on.
If there is any lesson we could learn from this story it is, don’t be a diehard reality checker. Dreams take time to materialize, so give them that time to grow and prosper. Instead of looking for hard evidences that your dream is coming true, use your imagination and look for magic and cues. Engage in building your dream in a playful joyful way. Don’t think about it too much and let life surprise you. Go and have a nap ;).
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