“Harrowing the Habits”? I chose the word “harrowing” because it complements “cultivating” in the book’s title. Both “harrowing” and “cultivating” relate to farming, and consequently, growing. They serve as metaphors for how you can grow into the person you want to be when you harrow and cultivate your habits.
The cultivator and harrow are used by farmers to dig and rip up the ground for preparing the earth to plant in the spring or to rest in the winter.
“Cultivate” is defined by Google as:
- to prepare and use (land) for crops or gardening; or
- to try to acquire or develop (a quality, sentiment, or skill).
Google defines “character” as: the mental and moral qualities distinctive to an individual.
The Merriam-Webster definition of “character” is:
- the way someone thinks, feels, and behaves: someone’s personality
- a set of qualities that are shared by many people in a group, country, etc.
- a set of qualities that make a place or thing different from other places or things
A harrow is an agricultural implement with spike-like teeth or upright disks, drawn chiefly over plowed land to level it, break up clods, root up weeds, etc., or to disturb keenly or painfully; distress the mind, feelings, etc.
Google says, “Harrowing also means acutely distressing.”
To create something new in you requires some breaking up, uprooting, distressing, or painful disturbing in your life. It will hurt. But the end results will be amazing. You will become greater than you were before the test.
As you harrow and cultivate your habits, I want to be your mentor and go-to author to read for inspiration and hope. When you are feeling like you are alone in this race of life, I want to be the person and resource you turn to for that light and bright corner. When that pain of uprooting of feelings is overwhelming, turn here for comfort and encouragement. I want to help you acquire great mental qualities that set you apart from the average crowd. You can call on me to be a resource to turn to in troubling work situations or when you grow tired or weary with life, work, family, and waning dreams.
Breaking habits requires uprooting and digging out the large and small things we do each day that sabotage our growth and efforts. You get to choose what to dig up and what to leave. Harrowing is painful, disturbing, and distressing, but the end result is a crop of great seed to harvest in your life and the lives of all around you. Maybe you haven’t had the best examples in your life. Maybe your influence was not the seed that you wanted planted in your soul. Guess what? You are not doomed to stay there. You can rise up. You can pluck out those weeds. You can harrow out the bad and cultivate in great character for your life. Are you ready to create your future? Are you ready to be a new you? Are you ready to cultivate character to be the person you were destined to become? If so, great! Let’s get started. It’s your time!