New Seeds by Karen Horneffer-Ginter

A year from now you may wish you had started today. – Karen Lamb

This quote strikes me as the perfect phrase to discover inside of a fortune cookie on a day when, before opening it, we decide, “Okay, whatever this says, I’m going to take it as a sign—as a personal message meant just for me.”

I realize that these words might seem a bit punishing, especially if we fast-forward a year and imagine that we didn’t start whatever “it” is. Then we’d be left with one more thing to kick ourselves for not getting around to. Yet, on the other hand, there’s something quite inspiring about the idea of actually starting something.

What if we did start? Where might this take us across these next 365 days?

We can think of this invitation in the context of the usual intentions of eating well and exercising more. We can also branch off in some different directions. What about starting to be really kind to ourselves daily, or beginning to nurture a creative interest? How about learning something new every week, or reaching out in new ways to create a community of support?

Let this phrase stay with you for the day, and notice how it speaks to you. What seeds do you feel inspired to plant in your life as you move into the season of spring?

Share it! New Seeds

Karen Horneffer-Ginter has been practicing psychology and teaching yoga and contemplative practices for over 16 years. She has also taught graduate students and health care professionals, along with directing a university-based holistic health care program, and co-founding the Center for Psychotherapy and Wellness in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The aim of Karen's work is to reconnect people with the wisdom of their inner-life by reclaiming what gets lost amidst the busyness of day-to-day life: qualities such as stillness, self-care, creativity, joy, humor, gratitude, and compassion. Her intention is to support people in finding a sense of balance and sacredness in their lives.

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