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March 19, 2010

~Bloom where your planted~

This is where I Bloom.....

The Seed :
A successful business man was growing old and knew it was time to choose a successor to take over the business.

Instead of choosing one of his Directors or his children, he decided to do something different. He called all the young executives in his company together.

He said, "It is time for me to step down and choose the next CEO. I have decided to choose one of you. The young executives were shocked, but the boss continued. "I am going to give each one of you a SEED today - one very special SEED. I want you to plant the seed, water it, and come back here one year from today with what you have grown from the seed I have given you. I will then judge the plants that you bring, and the one I choose will be the next CEO.

" One man, named Jim, was there that day and he, like the others, received a seed. He went home and excitedly, told his wife the story.

She helped him get a pot, soil and compost and he planted the seed.

Everyday, he would water it and watch to see if it had grown. After about three weeks, some of the other executives began to talk about their seeds and the plants that were beginning to grow.

Jim kept checking his seed, but nothing ever grew. Three weeks, four weeks,five weeks went by, still nothing. By now, others were talking about their plants, but Jim didn't have a plant and he felt like a failure.

Six months went by -- still nothing in Jim's pot. He just knew he had killed his seed. Everyone else had trees and tall plants, but he had nothing. Jim didn't say anything to his colleagues, however. He just kept watering and fertilizing the soil - He so wanted the seed to grow.

A year finally went by and all the young executives of the company brought their plants to the CEO for inspection. Jim told his wife that he wasn't going to take an empty pot. But she asked him to be honest about what happened.

Jim felt sick to his stomach, it was going to be the most embarrassing moment of his life, but he knew his wife was right. He took his empty pot to the board room. When Jim arrived, he was amazed at the variety of plants grown by the other executives. They were beautiful --in all shapes and sizes.

Jim put his empty pot on the floor and many of his colleagues laughed, a few felt sorry for him!

When the CEO arrived, he surveyed the room and greeted his young executives.

Jim just tried to hide in the back. "My, what great plants, trees, and flowers you have grown," said the CEO. "Today one of you will be appointed the next CEO!"

All of a sudden, the CEO spotted Jim at the back of the room with his empty pot. He ordered the Financial Director to bring him to the front.

Jim was terrified. He thought, "The CEO knows I'm a failure! Maybe he will have me fired!" When Jim got to the front, the CEO asked him what had happened to his seed -Jim told him the story.

The CEO asked everyone to sit down except Jim. He looked at Jim, and then announced to the young executives, "Behold your next Chief Executive Officer! His name is Jim!

Jim couldn't believe it. Jim couldn't even grow his seed. "How could he be the new CEO?"the others said.

Then the CEO said, "One year ago today, I gave everyone in this room a seed.I told you to take the seed, plant it, water it, and bring it back to me today. But I gave you all boiled seeds; they were dead - it was not possible for them to grow.

All of you, except Jim, have brought me trees and plants and flowers. When you found that the seed would not grow, you substituted another seed for the one I gave you. Jim was the only one with the courage and honesty to bring me a pot with my seed in it. Therefore, he is the one who will be the New Chief Executive Officer!"

* If you plant honesty, you will reap trust

* If you plant goodness, you will reap friends

* If you plant humility, you will reap greatness

* If you plant perseverance, you will reap contentment

* If you plant consideration, you will reap perspective

* If you plant hard work, you will reap success

* If you plant forgiveness, you will reap reconciliation

* If you plant faith in God, you will reap a harvest So,

be careful what you plant now; it will determine what you will reap later..

"Whatever You Give To Life, Life Will Give Back To You"

May all of you have a GREAT first Day of Spring....I'm linking this up to Laurie's Bargain Hunting and Chatting...for my favorite thing...Thanks Laurie

Until Next time from my mountain top to yours.

Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria


Kathy @ Sweet Up-North Mornings... said...

Great story...and true!
Honest Jim!
Have a great weekend,
xoxo~Kathy @ Sweet Up-North Mornings...

Blondie's Journal said...

What an interesting story and so true. A very nice thing to post, Gloria.

Have a wonderful weekend! :-)


Draffin Bears said...

Hi Gloria,

Lovely post and story and thank you for sharing this.
The daffodils are wonderful and how neat that Spring has sprung!

Happy weekend

Dawn said...

Well, it looks like the snow is all gone and your dafodills made it! Wonderful story, I've never heard that one before.Good thing his WIFE was so honest!

I saw a man on Antiques Road Show today that had 500 mustache cups. Made me think of your collection!

Wanda Lee said...

What a wonderful story; thanks for sharing! Interesting!..,And those lovely cheerful Spring daffodils, how delightful!

Do pop over and visit me some time my dear!

Cheers and hugs from Wanda Lee @ the Plumed Pen

P.S.~ Have a fabulous time with Cheri in Vegas sweetie; I see that countdown!~ Only a few days!!

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Oh Gloria, this is a wonderful post to link to Favorite Things! I just love that old wagon. I've read this story before, and I still enjoyed reading it again - what a wonderful moral it relates so vividly. Your jonquils look so pretty. Thank you so much for joining my first Favorite Things! love ya, laurie

Tardevil said...

Good post, Gloria! Have a happy
1st day of spring on your side of the mountain! LOL!

Nancy's Daily Dish said...

Your post is beautiful...words and photos alike. I've thoroughly enjoyed it!

Bunny Jean said...

Thanks for sharing that story, I enjoyed reading it very much.

Just wondering if you happen to know Aleta or Maryann, they both worked at the Rancho Marieta Country Club. They lived up by you, but maybe closer to Jackson.

Talk to you soon ;)
Bunny Jean

Linda @ A La Carte said...

So glad you Bloom and are here to share it with all of us.

Diann @ the Thrifty Groove said...

What a great story!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

What an awesome story. Thanks for sharing it and have a great weekend! Happy First Day of Spring!

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Mornin' Sis...

Darlin', your daffodils are gorgeous! Ohh...and I couldn't help but notice how green everything is at your place! I'm sooo longing for that green! hehe! I have snow on the ground right now! These pretty daffodils will sure make some fabulous bouquets for your home! Sooo pretty! Girlfriend, I just love all of your olden things that you have in your yard! I don't ever remember seeing that big ol' barrel...what was it used for? Ohhh...and I love your old wagon! Hey, it that "Pioneer" sign in your yard? Looks great!

Well sweet friend, this was such an inspiring story that you shared with us today! Honesty...may be the most important character of all...for without it, nothing else means much! Thank you for sharing this story...it touched my heart this morning!

Well Sis...what are you doing today? Russell asked me out on a date for tonight...dancing! I'm looking forward to it! Our little rural fire department is doing their annual Fireman's Ball! It's a big wing-ding around here in these parts! Hehe! I'll talk with you later, sweet friend!

Love ya,

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Wonderful story. It seems we all forget that what we do today affects what will happen tomorrow. Thanks for the reminder. Hugs, Marty

onlymehere said...

If only everyone were as honest and trustworthy as this man! What a great world we'd live in. I can't believe you have flowers already! We're just melting the rest of our snow. Usually we get another snow storm or two before spring hits. We did have snow flurries yesterday but nothing that stuck! LOL, sorry! I'm sure you didn't want a weather report but you got it anyway. Have a great weekend!

Justine said...

What a fantastic story that was, Shelia!!!!

And I love the pictures of your mountain top. What is that huge barrel?

Justine :o )

Glenda/MidSouth said...

So very true - Nice post!

Pat@BPM said...

Wonderful post, Gloria!

Happy weekend!

Sharlotte said...

Hi Gloria,
I loved this little story! I'm an elementary school teacher and I have a book called the Empty Pot and it's the same story but about a little Chinese Boy. Your message is so truthful!

I loved your pictures, is this your home? It's just lovely! I think I could also bloom living in such a place! Thanks so much for sharing.

Picket said...

Oh sis I loved this post...loved seeing where you bloom and we all know you're no boiled seed...that's for sure...you just trive in whatever soil you are planted in...I so needed that story today sis...I have been troubled these last few days..you know how I am..always wanting to do the right thing and always wanting to take care of things for my family...but lately I just feel like I'm not making any headway on anything...I don't have time to visit other blogs like I want to and when I do get to throw a post together I keep asking myself why do I even keep a blog when I can't be the kind of dedicated blogger I want to be..I have always want to be an encourager...hoping that I might say one little word to give someone hope..but my mind stays on mama and daddy so much I can't even do that...thank you sweet friend..this was beautiful...love you so girl ~Picket~

Natasha in Oz said...

Sending you happy Spring wishes from one side of the world to another...even though it's Autumn here in Oz! Great story Gloria!

Best wishes,
Natasha, Stacey and Holly.

Madeline's Album said...

Gloria I wanted to thank you for all your prayers durning my hospital stay. It is good to be home and I hope to be back blogging soon. I really like this story. Please continue to pray for me.

Terry said...

Wow what a fabulous post for the first day of spring .
I loved this illustration .
our men and women in Washington need to read this .
Honesty and integrity
are not over- rated .
Blessings to you and yours.
Happy Trails

Gypsy Heart said...

Very nice! Just have a few minutes to browse and wanted to say hello. It's been snowing here since early afternoon ~ great first day of spring, huh? :-)

Take care of yourself!


Lottie said...

Gloria, I love the pictures of your daffodils! And your story was wonderful! Have a great week!

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

I loved the story, Gloria..I was rivieted! However...it really made me think a bit on who I can trust and who I cannot. I will wager that the CEO of that company trusted all of his employee's..and look at what happened. Just sayin' :)
You post some of the most interesting things. LOVE this blog!!
You are the best!!

Anonymous said...

THanks for sharing this Gloria! It is so needed (this message) in a society where truth has been so easily discarded.

The other lesson I see in this story is not giving up- He continued to water the seed even though nothing seemed to be happening! It is one thing I must remind myself many times in ministry.

bee blessed

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Good Morning Gloria,
Great story! I love your Pioneer sign and the daffodils look fabulous! Is that your big water container/bucket? It's soooo coool! Only 10 more days until Vegas? OOH, how fun!
Big Hugs,

Barb said...

This is a wonderful post, Gloria. I love your pictures!!!

Blessings sweet lady,
Barb ♥

susan said...

Gloria-I am so glad I did not miss this! Your pictures are great but the story should be required reading in college business school text books!! Integrity and honesty mean the most! There is a lesson there from the wife too! Gloria, I have a feeling that you would bloom NO MATTER WHERE you were planted :)