I was surprised to see there are still grapefruits left on the tree!
On June! June is not the season for grapefruits. We normally harvest these in the Winter. But I was delighted when I saw these golden fruits staring at me saying, “Pick me!” And so I picked the rest of the fruits from the tree.
You know this grapefruit tree used to be small and now it is taller than our house. And the fruit used to be tart, it tasted like lemon! And so one day, the bees decided to pollenate our yellow grapefruit from the pink grapefruit in the backyard. The pink ones are very sweet. And so we think that the bees were busy cross pollenating our yellow grapefruit from the pink ones. And now these yellow ones are sweet too. It is just amazing!
But before we go further let’s examine a few things first…
How does the fruit grow?
How does it develop? First we need to think it’s resources. It comes from a tree. The tree is in the soil. It needs water, sunshine, and constant guarding away from the pests and bugs. Trees starts small. They don’t grow their roots overnight. It takes time to see them grow into a huge tree. Roots must be deep within the soil. The soil must be well nourished in order to produce a good product. This is like a package. You need each of these important ingredients to make a great produce.
Now that we know how the tree grows, we need to know one more thing…Right now this is like a puzzle we’re trying to put together. There are some things we need to understand before we can go further to the subject.
Cognition vs. Semantic
The dictionary says, your cognition is your mental action or mental process of acquiring knowledge and understanding through thought, experience, and senses. Whereas your semantic is how you relate the meaning of your experience in language or logic.
Simply put, your cognition is your perception. How you receive the outcome is your understanding based through your experience. Your senses react to certain experiences and that’s how your cognitive thoughts is shaped.
However, your semantic is your language. The relationship of your experience is how you form your language. “It is often used in ordinary language for denoting a problem of understanding that comes down to word selection or connotation,” Wikipedia says. So therefore your semantic is shaped according from your cognitive thoughts.
Let’s look at this example. For instance, your car broke down in the middle of nowhere and no one is there to help you. Your cognitive thoughts said, “OMG…I am screwed. Why is it always me?” You are kicking the ground and now you are cussing and throwing all the fits. Your semantic is very pessimistic. It’s not the end of the world.
Or you could have had a different scenario and said this, “Um, car broke down.” Got out of the car smiling. You look left & right and there is no gas station nearby. And so you walked several miles to get help. You are now walking in the gas station smiling and simply just said, “My car broke down 20-miles away from here. I need help.” You figure this is just a test from God and so why make a big fuss out of it. It’s not the end of the world.
Be careful what you say
Have you ever heard this song, “So be careful little mouth what you say…for the Father up above is looking up and down…so be careful little mouth what you say.” How about…so be careful little brain what you think. People often asks, is it the chicken or the egg? Which one comes out first? What should you use first, your heart or your brain?
Here is my undestanding…
If God wanted your heart to rule first, He would have put it on top of your head. But your head is higher than your heart. In your head are thought processes we called cognitive which spells out your semantic. Scientifically speaking, when I studied further my anatomy and physiology, your cognitive thoughts are the ones that forms your feelings. And so I don’t really believe that your heart can rule over your head. Because your heart is the follower. And your head is the leader.
What is that got to do with I am the product?
I’m getting there. This is like a funnel. You need to understand how your brain works first before you see what I am trying to paint. Here is another illustration.
What does it take to be a good farmer?
A good farmer knows the condition of the soil before he plants the seeds. He makes sure that the soil is ready. Actually, soil is classified as clay. Clay are rich in nutrients and tend to hold water. You can mold the clay to however you want it to be. If you want the soil to be well-aerated and loamy, you would add something to it to prepare the soil the best way so your crop can grow nicely.
In analogy, our mind is very similar to the soil. Whatever you put in the soil is how you shape the condition of the clay. Therefore, whatever you put in your mind is how you shape your cognition and your semantic.
“What you reap is what you harvest.”
Perhaps you’ve heard this a dozen times before, “What you reap is what you harvest.” Or vice versa. This fact is proven that we create habits of thoughts in our mind. Whether this is positive or negative, your subsconsious mind will obey whatever your conscious mind is saying to it. Why do farmers plant seeds? Because in a single kernel can yield dozens of seeds. It is the same way with positive and negative thinking. If you are used to thinking negative thoughts, obviously you will reap negative outcome. Your small decision whether this is good or bad will reap a much bigger crop which can lead to either joy or sorrow.
So when difficulty arise, do you say, “Why me God?”
And why not you? God have chosen you. He wants to mold you. I remember the last time we had a get-together at the McCall’s, my brother-in-law, who’s been in the army and so as his two sons, said, “Why do they break you?” Then he continued, “so they can mold you.” I think God is the same way. Sometimes we have to be broken to be molded. It brings our character and we become polished like gold.
“Take my yoke upon you and learn from Me…and you will find rest for your souls.” Matthew 11:29
Learn from Him, He said. He’s giving you a lesson in life. As human, it’s easier to squirm and scream from all of our problems. That is expected. We are real. We feel our emotion. It’s our reaction to the given situation.
How in the world are we going to find peace when everything around us started to crumble!
You may panic and worry when things started to crumble, but worry can immobilize you. It is a waste of energy. Worry exaggerates your imagination. It makes you imagine things that doesn’t exist. Things that are never there. It anticipates the future. And brings all kinds of wrong assumptions based on feelings and far from the real facts of life.
If you remember the story of the disciples when they encountered a nasty storm in the middle of the sea. And Jesus was sleeping! One asked, “Master, don’t you care?” Jesus replied, “Where is your faith?” He talked to the angry sea and the storm calmed down.
How can you visualize faith?
Faith is invisible. It is an abstract word. And yet it is tangible. You know it exist to those who have hopes and took the courage to step out of their comfort zone and took a leap of faith and just do it. When you are worried, it’s easier to just jump out of the wagon and react. Your reaction is not an action. It is the product of lack of faith.
“Be still,” He said, “and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10) Being still means “be calm.” It is a verb. It is an action word.
It’s hard to act to something we are not accustomed of doing. When Abraham was commanded by God to go to the wilderness and told him that He will make Abraham the father of all nation, can you imagine what it is to go to the dessert where everything is dried and no sight of hope? Abraham could have said, “Why did you bring me here God?” He could have murmured and complained. But it took a leap of faith from Abraham to do something out of his comfort zone and just did it.
You are the product.
What you process in your mind is your cognition of what is happening around you based from your knowledge and understanding. If you have faith then knowledge is embedded in your mind. You simply just trust God. You have no control of the circumstances. But God is in control. Your hope, faith, and perseverance are the products produced within you. If your cognition of life is based from what you really believe, then your semantic is in the right line as well.
I hope this post gives you insight and encouragement to go further in life. Life doesn’t end here. And so you lost your job. And so you end up in divorce. And so your father died. Whatever circumstances, life has to go on. God invested His life on you, so you can partake that success that’s already been done. It’s past tense. I said done. Yeah. Believe it and claim it. Our belief is the foundation of life.
We are the product of whatever we feed our mind. You hear people say, “Garbage in, garbage out!” Don’t be like one of these people. All the sorrows and difficulties in life are temporary. This is not your final destiny. In fact, the journey has just begun. This is now an opportunity towards something bigger than you can imagine. But are you ready? The field is ready for harvest. But what are you sowing? So negative things have happened. And now you feel defeated. But be glad instead and express exceeding joy of gladness. What you are about to experience is an opportunity and an open door for you to become bigger than what you have been. When it comes to the bottom line, you are the product of your own thoughts and habits.
NOTE: The “cucumber and green beans” photo is taken by Tedra Georgeson. She is the wife of my nephew-in-law. She and her husband are growing all kinds of stuff in their garden and I thought I would incorporate her photo since I am talking about “You Are The Product” and this product photo is perfect as an illustration of what I’m talking about on my blog.