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Roger Aiken

Time for all to learn the laws of the harvest

Afriend of mine, Eddie Holland, gave me a calendar that shows the best zodiac signs to plant different crops. Even a pathetic gardener like me knows you don’t plant corn and harvest tomatoes. You can’t plant beans and pick strawberries. That’s because the law of the harvest is, “you reap what you sow.” Good advice for us all since the ramifications for the law of the harvest extend far past the garden. We really do reap what we sow.

If our leaders sow hatred and distrust, don’t express surprise when our nation reaps division. If we allow faux news organizations to give us opinion and spin packaged as news, don’t be shocked when national divides spread to state and local issues. Are we surprised that our nation is split right down the middle and very little of substance ever gets accomplished?

You reap what you sow.

If as parents, we allow our children to call the shots with little or no discipline, are we surprised when years later their life unravels? As the years have passed, parents have become too focused on being their children’s “friends” and give in to their never ending wants. Real love means being willing to have our children be mad at us for a couple of days when parental decisions don’t go their way. Let’s give our children what they need instead of all their wants.

You reap what you sow.

Millennials reached adulthood around the year 2000 and are often called the “broken relationship generation” because so many grew up with divorced parents. I’m sure many of those marriages fell apart because, “they just didn’t feel the love anymore.” Can they expect any less from their children when marriage gets tough? No one makes you get married.

As strange as it may sound, my hope is that in 2016, some marriages could actually result from weddings.

You reap what you sow.

If we do nothing but feed happy meals to our families washed down with big gulps, are we surprised that we look like the “before” pictures of contestants from “The Biggest Loser?”

You reap what you sow.

How do we treat others? Every day we witness folks being rude to individuals who are not in a position to fight back. Mother Teresa said, “People crave appreciation more than they crave bread.” Have we shown appreciation for others or have we sown disregard and in some cases contempt?

Another law of the harvest is that you are either green and growing or ripe and rotting. My hope is that this year we will realize that we all reap what we sow.

Roger Aiken is a member of the UNC Board of Governors. Email homeoftheaikens@ charter.net.

Time for all to learn the laws of the harvest

Afriend of mine, Eddie Holland, gave me a calendar that shows the best zodiac signs to plant different crops. Even a pathetic gardener like me knows you don’t plant corn and harvest tomatoes. You can’t plant beans and pick strawberries. That’s because the law of the harvest is, “you reap what you sow.” Good advice for us all since the ramifications for the law of the harvest extend far past the garden. We really do reap what we sow.

If our leaders sow hatred and distrust, don’t express surprise when our nation reaps division. If we allow faux news organizations to give us opinion and spin packaged as news, don’t be shocked when national divides spread to state and local issues. Are we surprised that our nation is split right down the middle and very little of substance ever gets accomplished?

You reap what you sow.

If as parents, we allow our children to call the shots with little or no discipline, are we surprised when years later their life unravels? As the years have passed, parents have become too focused on being their children’s “friends” and give in to their never ending wants. Real love means being willing to have our children be mad at us for a couple of days when parental decisions don’t go their way. Let’s give our children what they need instead of all their wants.

You reap what you sow.

Millennials reached adulthood around the year 2000 and are often called the “broken relationship generation” because so many grew up with divorced parents. I’m sure many of those marriages fell apart because, “they just didn’t feel the love anymore.” Can they expect any less from their children when marriage gets tough? No one makes you get married.

As strange as it may sound, my hope is that in 2016, some marriages could actually result from weddings.

You reap what you sow.

If we do nothing but feed happy meals to our families washed down with big gulps, are we surprised that we look like the “before” pictures of contestants from “The Biggest Loser?”

You reap what you sow.

How do we treat others? Every day we witness folks being rude to individuals who are not in a position to fight back. Mother Teresa said, “People crave appreciation more than they crave bread.” Have we shown appreciation for others or have we sown disregard and in some cases contempt?

Another law of the harvest is that you are either green and growing or ripe and rotting. My hope is that this year we will realize that we all reap what we sow.

Roger Aiken is a member of the UNC Board of Governors. Email homeoftheaikens@ charter.net.

ROGER AIKEN

ROGER AIKEN