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5/24/21: Grow Through Manure

Grow Through The Manure

Despite not sleeping well last night, I read “Earning Freedom Journal” by Michael Santos.  I wanted to read this book to remind me of the great advice that I learned in his other volumes. One thing that Michael discussed had to do with taking action intentionally. He posed the question:

  • “When is the best time to plant an oak tree?” The best time is 20 years ago. The second best time is today.

We can all look back 20 years ago. Had we been more intentional with the seeds that we planted, we likely would have had a different outcome. When we plant a seed, can take further action, such as tilling the soil or using fertilizer like manure.

The same concept applies to us. If we want to rise from the challenges we are currently experiencing, we must prepare ourselves to grow through a lot of manure.

Michael pointed out after his arrest and sentencing that he could not change the situation, so he challenged himself to change.

Are you in a situation that you can’t change? I would encourage you to think of ways that you can change yourself.

I am glad that I read this book. It gave me great analogies to lessons I already know, which always helps with remembering the lessons.

In fact, today I wrote out a list of action steps that I plan on taking to help me get compassionate release approved. It might not actually get approved, but books like this one at least give me a strategy to implement. A strategy to grow through the manure.

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