There is an old saying “As you Sow so shall you reap” which many of us have heard this from our parents in our childhood or they keep saying up till now but did we gave a thought from where this proverb has originated and do we follow in our life career.
Firstly, let me give you the meaning and explore through the culture of British & Thai of this proverb. In English it means “you will get the result of what you did” and this can be traced back in Galatians 6:7 of the Holy Bible, King James Version: “Be not deceived; God has not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption, but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting”. In this world, everyone, even people of different religions, always cannot dare and deny the truth of life that the results of their deeds will always come back to them.
In Thai it is translated as “Oxen come back to their stall at their owner’s house” which represent how the Thai people acquired knowledge from their daily life by seeing oxen come back to their stall, giving rise to this proverb. Thai people in the countryside take groups of oxen to eat grass in the same wide field in the village, and when oxen of many people are together, it is hard to see which ones are each owner. However, it will be clear in the evening of the day because all oxen will automatically go back to their stalls at their owners’ houses, so Thai people compare this to the belief of “the results of what you did, good or bad, will finally come back to you”
Have we ever thought of this proverb in our own life? Does your present situation is the result of the decision you made in the past? Have you ever contemplated your actions keeping the consequences in mind?
I failed so many times in my education and career but it took me some amount of years to realized that it was because of the choices I made in the past and decisions that I took. I used to keep blaming my present because of not having any resources in the past or the dreadful situation. After many years the lessons that I have learned is, we can always find a way to improve ourselves and make our life better. The small good deeds you do every day counts and little did you realize it adds up to large chunks.
Always visualize how do you want to see your future and what are the skills & experience you need to gather to be an expert in your filed. We should also understand, it is not only about for an individual but also what is the good deed you can do in a day to make this world a better place to live?
It’s like planting a seed and remove the idea of your success is related to luck. You need to take care of your seed, irrigate with hard work, add manure and intelligence, and watch it grow to a tree.
Let me know your thoughts on how your present situations could have been better if the choices and decisions were different in the past.