After it has died and waited. After its life has broken through the shell of its past boundaries.
By growing as it is intended to (in the right conditions) the seed has fruit for others. This is natural and happens from the seed growing as it should. Just as all the other seeds have fruit to give.
This is a radical perspective. None of that trade-off between self and others. The seed, growing as intended, has enough for others. Competition and fighting doesn’t get much of a look-in.
Is it utopian to think that this is possible for human society? No. It is a daily occurrence. When we are healthy we happily and freely give our attention to others, work on projects together, make useful and beautiful things; and often with no thought of others having to respond in kind.
If people were trained in and assisted to do what they believe they were meant to do, I don’t think the world would come to an end; I think it would become a much happier place.
And part of that training and assistance is helping people wait –
- letting them be with what is old and needing to be outgrown.
- Helping them sense the path of growth.
- Providing the environment for flourishing.
- Assisting them with skill development, and clarity on their purpose.
- In short, being in service of life.
This is the Easter message. We can grow beyond the old. We can fulfill ourselves and be a blessing to others too.