The Evening Questions: If I had 30 seconds to give the world a message, what would it be? My message is, “sow yourself like a seed.” Many years ago, I read this poem by the same name by Miguel de Unamuno which continues to inspire me. (See below)
How about you?
Sow yourself like a Seed
Shake off this sadness, and recover your spirit;
Sluggish you will never see the wheel of fate
That brushes your heel as it turns by,
The man who wants to live is the man in whom life is abundant.
Now you are only giving food to that final pain, which is slowly winding you in the nets of death,
But to live is to work, and the only thing which lasts is the work; start then, turn to the work.
Sow yourself like a seed as you walk, and into your own field,
Don’t turn your face for that would be to turn it to death,
And do not let the past weigh down your motion.
Leave what’s alive in the furrow; what’s dead in yourself,
For life does not move in the same way as a group of clouds;
From your work you will be able to one day gather yourself.
Miquel de Unamuno
Translated by Robert Bly