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Planting People

By Dr. Larry B. Gelman


According to an old Chinese proverb:


If you are planting for a year… plant grain.
If you are planting for a decade… plant trees.
If you are planting for a century… plant people.


What does it mean to “plant people”?


Clear the land, till the soil;

Seed, feed and weed;

Then harvest and enjoy.


To “plant people” is to faithfully invest in each person.


By cultivating a safe and loving “holding environment” to harbor new life and nurture continual growth;


By teaching foundational virtues for deep “roots” to ground a healthy and purposeful base for one’s life;


By inspiriting true courage so an individual can rise as high as their “wings” will ever dare them to fly.


Whether we “plant people”;

Or realize we are the “plant”;

“Planting people” is a very serious commitment.


But only, in deed!


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