Best TIme to Plant a Tree was Twenty Years Ago

The Best Time to Plant a Seed

I lived by an apple orchard for 6 years. During that time I heard the phrase "The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago." I can fully appreciate the sentiment that it takes a lot of time for things to grow and mature before they can produce the fruits of their labor.


It's easy to hear that saying and to think, "well, I can't change the past, and since I didn't plant the seed then, I might as well give up." With that kind of mentality, no trees would EVER be planted! So instead of focusing on what we haven't done in the past, I say that we create a new saying that actually inspires and motivates us for the future.

The nice thing about starting something new or changing a bad habit and replacing it with a better habit is that we don't have to do it all at once. Unlike a tree that must be tended to very carefully on a continual basis, we might progress and grow in spurts. In both cases, it definitely takes time and there is an end goal in mind. 

The idea that I should have started something in the past feels depressing and unattainable. So, I am going to have a new mantra that goes through my mind to inspire me to live better, dream bigger, and to believe in my potential for endless possibilities-even if I didn't begin twenty years ago.

The best time to plant a seed is right now.


I created a printable with that saying on it to remind all of us that if we want to change something, now is the best time to start. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.


Plant a Seed Printable


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