Does it plant corn?

January is the perfect time for introspection. The perfect time to discern what aspects of yourself and your life to develop over the next year. A Native American teacher of mine used to ask me, "Does it plant corn?" when I was telling him of the new thing I was fired up about.

Seems like he was saying, "Will it develop into something that will reap value in the lives of you and your people." Or, "Sounds like a great idea, but will it feed your people?"

Your time and energy is so precious. There are so many things that sound great in theory, but never really make a difference or accomplish anything of value. At one level these things are distractions. Distractions from the dreams we could be actualizing.

Economists and investors call this opportunity cost. Investopedia defines opportunity cost as, "the cost of an alternative that must be foregone to pursue a certain action" (link). In this case, the investment is your time and energy- the ultimate investment.

So I urge you to add, "Does it plant corn?" to the questions you ask yourself when considering which seeds to plant in your life this spring. A seed, after all, takes a lot of time and energy to cultivate.

And if it doesn't plant corn- why bother? You could just as easy plant something that does.

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