What are good Roots? (1)AN201710-01
Having Good Roots: A Journey of Values, Morality, and Fruits of Labor
“Nature makes trees put down deep roots before having them bear fruit, and even this is done gradually.” — St. Vincent de Paul
We often hear about "having good roots" but what is the importance of having good roots to us? Below I will share three significance based on my personal beliefs: 1) being grounded in our values, 2) enabling us to weather storms, and 3) ultimately bearing the fruits of our labour.
1) Being grounded in our values
Having good roots begins with being firmly grounded in our values. Our values define who we are, what we stand for, and how we navigate through life's challenges. These values act as a compass, guiding our decisions and actions.
Imagine a person who values integrity above all else. He consistently choose to act honestly even in difficult situations. He remains unwavering in the face of temptations, rejecting huge monetary bribes that puts his self-interest above the common good.
2) Enables us to weather the storms of life
Just as deeply rooted trees can withstand harsh winds, our well-nurtured roots provide us with the strength and stability to endure difficult times. When faced with adversity, we draw upon our inner strength, values, and experiences to navigate through challenging situations.
Consider a person who faces a personal crisis, such as the loss of a family member. Their strong roots empower them to maintain their perspective, remain emotionally balanced, and seek support from loved ones. They may experience pain and grief, but their resilience enables them to find the inner strength to heal, adapt, and move forward.
3) Bearing the fruits of our labor
Finally, having good roots brings success in our lives. Just as a sturdy tree with strong roots yields abundant and healthy fruit, the strength of our character and values determines the outcome of our efforts. When we consistently align our actions with our principles, we create a solid foundation for success and fulfillment.
Imagine a craftsman who spends years refining his skills and staying true to his artistic vision. His unwavering commitment to his craft eventually gains recognition and international acclaim. Should he have given up when he was struggling in his early years, this would have been a totally different outcome.
In conclusion, by nurturing our roots and staying true to our principles, we build a solid foundation for personal growth, resilience, and the ability to make a positive impact on the world around us.