Wednesday, January 17, 2007

The Best Time To Plant a Cocoa Tree

Do you know the best time to plant a Cocoa tree? If your answer is less than 10 years ago, then you are wrong! If you planted a cocoa tree 10 years ago, you will be reaping the harvest today. Indeed, you will.And in 2-3 years time, you will be harvesting optimally! Your harvest could even continue for another 10-20 years! Are you wishing you had planted cocoa 10 years ago?

Let me ask you another question? Do you know the 2nd best time to plant a Cocoa tree? The answer is “Today”! Yes, Today – not tomorrow, not next week, not next month, not next year, but today!

Today is the first day of the best days of the rest of your life. How are you going to use it? Many people bother themselves about yesterday. They are tied down by their past. They are held down by their past failures and shortcomings. They have allowed events they cannot change hold them down. A lot more worry about tomorrow. They are apprehensive about what the future holds and what tomorrow brings. They spend a lot of time and energy preparing for tomorrow’s rain that they forget to enjoy today’s sunshine! What a loss.

Yesterday is a cancelled cheque. Tomorrow is a promissory note. Today is cash. Today is the only day you can spend /invest as cash. Today is what you have in your hands. A song writer once said “Yesterday is gone and tomorrow may never be mine. Lord, help me today to take one day at a time”.

I am a strong advocate of proper planning. I have written several articles and spoken at length to a handful of audience on planning for the future. This is great. However, you must realize that today is the best day to create a better future. Infact, the way you spend today has a direct bearing on your tomorrow. In the words of popular author, John Maxwell “Everyone has the power to impact the outcome of his life. The way to do it is to focus on today….Today is the only time you have. It's too late for yesterday. And you can't depend on tomorrow."

Most of us look at our days in the wrong way. We overexaggerate yesterday. We overestimate tomorrow. We underestimate today. The truth is that the most important day you will experience is today. Today is the only time we have within our grasp, yet many people let it slip through their fingers. They recognize neither today’s value nor its potential. Making today your masterpiece is the key to success.

If we want to do something with our lives, then we must focus on today. That’s where tomorrow’s success lies. I believe that everyone has the power to impact the outcome of his life. The way to do it is to focus on today. Benjamin Franklin rightly observed, “One today is worth two tomorrows; what I am to be, I am now becoming.” You can make today a good day. You can create the kind of future you want starting from now. If you use everyday well, starting from today, then you future is guaranteed!

Let me close with the words of a wise man “String the days together like beautiful pearls and make a lovely necklace.”

May I also let you know that the way you spend today does not only affect tomorrow? It affects the whole of eternity. Today is an investment on your eternity. Wouldn’t you rather invest well?

I hope you will have a splendid day today, and everyday!

7 comments:

Dipo said...

Pastor Tea,
This is great!!I was just going through Deoluakinemi's site when i stumbled on your name.
Its such a great thing to know that it is never too late to get started on the right track. Thanks so much for being a great source oif encouragement.

dupe said...

The part of your article saying "They spend a lot of time and energy preparing for tomorrow’s rain that they forget to enjoy today’s sunshine! What a loss" is quite instructive! Thanks for sharing those wonderful thoughts. Today is the most important day of my life

bridget said...

Well said,papa.today is an investment for tomorrow. Worrying and freting about yersterday and tomorrow only results in more worry, cos little or nothing can be done bout both.So its alot wiser to invest all dat energy in making today matter.very inspiring writeup. tnx

Anonymous said...

Great thoughts! I am more than inspired to grow a cocoa tree today

Anonymous said...

This is very insightful. We should all strive to make the best use of today instead of worrying about tomorrow.....a day that may never even come.

Fola' said...

Not worrying about tomorrow is definitely going to take some effort for some of us, but we can just remind ourselves that now is just as important as later.

sade said...

Really....today is cash! Spend it well....or rather..invest it well.

You are destined for the top of the topmost top! See you there!!