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A Modern Parable

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Leaf lamina. The leaf architecture probably arose multiple times in the plant lineage (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A successful businessman was growing old and  knew it was time to choose a successor to take over the business.

Instead of choosing one of his Directors or his children, he decided to do something different.  He called all the young executives in his company together

He said, “It is time for me to step down and choose the next CEO. I have decided to choose one of  you. “The young executives were Shocked, but the boss continued. “I am going to give each one of you a SEED today – one very special SEED. I want you to plant the seed, water it, and come back here one year from today with what you have grown from the seed I have given you.  I will then judge the plants that you bring, and the one I choose will be the next CEO.”

One man, named Jim, was there that day and he, like  the others, received a seed. He went home and excitedly, told his wife the story. She helped him  get a pot, soil and compost and he planted the seed. Everyday, he  would water it and watch to see if it had grown.  After about three weeks, some of the other executives began to talk about their seeds and  the plants that were beginning to grow.

Jim kept checking his seed, but nothing ever grewThree weeks, four weeks, five weeks went by, still  nothing.

By now, others were talking about their plants,  but Jim didn’t have a plant and he felt like a failure.

Six months went by — still nothing in Jim’s pot. He just knew he had killed his seed. Everyone else had trees and tall plants, but he had nothing  Jim didn’t say anything to his colleagues, however, he just kept watering and fertilizing the soil –  He so wanted the seed to grow.
A year finally went by and all the young executives of the company  brought their plants to the CEO for inspection.

Jim told his wife that he wasn’t going to take an empty pot.  But she asked him to be honest about what happened.  Jim felt sick to his  stomach, it was going to be the most embarrassing moment of his life, but he knew his wife was right. He took his empty pot to the board room.
When Jim arrived, he was amazed at the variety of plants grown by the other executives. They were beautiful – in all shapes and sizes. Jim put his empty pot on the floor and many of his colleagues laughed, a few felt sorry for him!
When the CEO arrived, he surveyed the room and greeted his young executives.

Jim just tried to hide in the back. “My, what great  plants, trees and flowers you have grown,” said  the CEO. “Today one of you will be appointed the next CEO!”

All of a sudden, the CEO spotted Jim at the back of the room with his empty pot He ordered the Financial Director to bring him to the front.  Jim was terrified.. He thought, “The CEO knows I’m a failure! Maybe he will have me fired!”
When Jim got to the front, the CEO asked him what had  happened to his seed, Jim told him the story.

The CEO asked everyone to sit down except Jim. He looked at Jim, and then announced to the young executives, “Behold your next Chief Executive Officer!

His name is “Jim!” Jim couldn’t believe it. Jim couldn’t even grow his seed.
“How could he be the new CEO?” the others said.
Then the CEO said, “One year ago today, I gave everyone in this room a seed I told you to take the seed, plant it, water it, and bring it back to me today. But I gave you all boiled seeds; they were dead – it was not possible for them to grow.
All of you, except Jim, have brought me trees and plants and flowers. When you found that the seed would not grow, you substituted another seed for the one I gave you. Jim was the only one with the courage and honesty to bring me a pot with my seed in it. Therefore, he is the one who will be the new
Chief Executive Officer!”

*  If you plant honesty, you will reap trust  *  If you plant goodness, you will reap friends  *  If you plant humility, you will reap greatness
*  If you plant perseverance, you will reap contentment
*  If you plant consideration, you will reap perspective
*  If you plant hard work, you will reap success  *  If you plant forgiveness, you will reap reconciliation So, be careful what you plant now;  it will determine what you will reap later. 


14 comments on “A Modern Parable

  1. russtowne
    November 21, 2013

    I love the story, and its lessons.


  2. Waldo "Wally" Tomosky
    November 21, 2013

    Great story Judy. Thanks.


  3. donnajeanmcdunn
    November 21, 2013

    Very good lesson to remember and it’s not just for CEO’s.


    • Judy
      November 22, 2013

      Indeed! That is so true. Cheers Judy


  4. collins
    November 21, 2013

    Its truly inspiring,you have blessed my day be blessed,Am going to change my thought!


  5. collins
    November 21, 2013

    its trully inspiring and motivating,am blessed,you are my best! Be blessed….from today honesty will be my oxygen!


  6. Ted Ross Savage
    November 21, 2013

    I really like everything you said in this story, it was a very good one. I also really like the piece of philosophy you attached at the end of you column, great work.



    • Judy
      November 23, 2013

      Thanks Ted cheers Judy 🙂


  7. sachemspeaks
    November 22, 2013

    Reblogged this on sachemspeaks and commented:
    A blessing on all Jims in the world today?


  8. sachemspeaks
    November 22, 2013

    A blessing on all Jims in the world today?


  9. lvsrao
    December 20, 2013

    Indeed Great Post.


  10. Cynthia Ann Katon-Alfonso
    January 4, 2014

    Words of wisdom and inspiration, thanks for sharing.


    • Judy
      January 5, 2014

      So glad you enjoyed it Cynthia Ann. It was nice of you to comment. cheers Judy 🙂


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