Jon Carson Consulting - June 2020

June 2020

THE FLOWERS WILL BLOOM AGAIN Keeping Faith Through a Pandemic

Flowers from the Tester Farm

I’ve never been one to stop and smell the roses.

I’m reminded of Jesus’ story in the Bible about the different kinds of soil. Some soil will dry up and crack. The birds will get some of the seeds that we plant. Some soil will produce smothering thorns, and other soil and seeds will simply blow away. Please don’t forget in this time of uncertainty, however, that some of the seeds and soil will also produce a bounty like no other. They will go on to produce a fruitful harvest of immense beauty. I want to remind you to keep pushing forward, reset life where necessary, be an innovator, and use this time to set new goals. Reach out and ask these questions to clients and prospects: “How are you doing? How do you see this playing out in your business?” and “What can I do to help you navigate the COVID-19 pandemic?” Our mission is to help enough people hang on and wait for the flowers to bloom again. That’s when we really will be able to stop and smell the roses. As my daughter reminds me in difficult times, “Diamonds are made under pressure.” This is your time to shine by seeding the ground, watering the land, and patiently waiting in faith. Take heart; the flowers will bloom again.

I often encourage others to do so, but I tend to focus more on planting the seeds than on watching them grow. Those of you who have worked with me probably aren’t too surprised to hear this. During the pandemic, however, I have noticed that Mother Nature, at least in terms of the flowers, has not slowed down one bit. In fact, her artwork in the fields and gardens across the country has been as amazing as ever. As I draw a correlation between Mother Nature and what is going on with the pandemic, I am truly reminding myself, and hopefully you as well, to stop and smell the roses. As these photos from my small farm remind us, remember that the flowers will bloom. I assume we will have the usual combination of sunshine and rain in June. I believe the flowers will bloom. I’m not sure what the message is for all of us from our collective experience with COVID-19, but I keep going back to the fact that the flowers will bloom again this summer. Perhaps it’s an unwritten law of nature, but it reminds us to keep seeding the soil and the land for tomorrow, regardless of what’s happening today.

-Dave Tester


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