Sowing Seeds Of Potential

When you sow, you do not plant the body that will be, but just a seed, perhaps of wheat or of something else.  1 Corinthians 15:37

Strewing is a lot like how farmers sow seeds.  You sprinkle things, ideas, and opportunities onto fertile soil and wait and see what happens.

In order to understand what happens when you strew, you have to understand the process of what a farmer goes through every year.

Sowing The Seeds

When the farmer plants his field, he takes care to prepare the soil.  He determines what it needs to nourish a certain seed, and whether it is the right time and conditions.

He doesn’t plant a large plant, but instead just a tiny seed. That seed has the potential to become something grand and wonderful – and productive. But there is no guarantee that each seed will grow, so the farmer plants several.

When we strew, we must first make sure that our children are ready for the seeds of learning we want to plant:

  • Conditions – Is this something that they might like? In the format they would enjoy? Have they reacted negatively to your suggestions in the past? (If so you might need to soften up a little and only strew indirectly.)
  • Timing – Are they open to new suggestions or are they already engaged in something? We don’t always have to wait until they are ready, but we want to make sure that we strew at the optimum times (and places).

We also don’t want to assume that everything we strew will be picked up and enjoyed. Strewing shouldn’t be about putting something in our child’s path that we expect them to do. It is about sowing those seeds that have potential in them, but don’t necessarily come to life.

Some Seeds Sprout, Others Wither Away

As the farmer continues to tend to his field, he knows that not every seed will germinate, and that some will be snuffed out by the weather, birds, and other interference.

When seeds do start to appear and grow, the farmer is careful not to over-care for them. In order for the plants to become strong they must be allowed to harden against the sun and wind.

Some of the things we strew will simply not generate interest. Some will garner an immediate curiosity, but will soon be left behind for other things.

Those seeds that do take root and start to grow, however, must be left alone except for an occasional watering. For the learning potential in something that we strew to truly be realized, a child must make it their own.

Our instinct to step in and help our child could choke out interest.

We can be involved, but if you sense your excitement or motivation starting to overshadow your child’s – take a step back.

Branching Out and Bearing Fruit

Just as only a percentage of the seed our farmer sowed will actually germinate, only some of the plants that sprout will survive to bear fruit.

A farmer usually knows what kind of seed he is sowing, so he has an idea of what kind of plant and fruit it will produce.

The amazing thing about unschooling is that no matter what seeds you sow, they have the potential to bear various kinds of fruit.

Seeds of potential sprout and branch out into unexpected ideas and discoveries.

And the fruit of one branch produces new seeds to sow.

~ Aadel

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