The news is replete with upheaval on all societal fronts. If we are deliberate in our analysis, we might miss nuances that go below the surface with respect to organizational culture. Because culture is comprised of the sum total of all individual perspectives, what brews below the surface of individual team members can insidiously interfere with cultural transformation and the strategic mission. This dynamic must be address at the individual human level. It involves all things that we cannot see.
The apple is made up of the peel, flesh, core, seeds, stem, and leaves. But the seeds deceive. As delicious as it was, you could plant that apple’s seed, thoroughly expecting the same juicy, tasty apple. But what you’ll get is some mutation of that apple, completely unrecognizable and sometimes tasteless.1 No aspect of it will be the same. That’s because an apple grows from a pollinated blossom. Who knows how many other types of blossom dust got caught up in the mix?
BIZZY AS A BIZZY BEE
The little bumblebee happily flits from tree to tree while contaminating the whole gene pool! These hybrid seeds are very difficult to geminate. They take a lot of extra time and care to grow. So, germinating bogus seed is a waste of precious time spent cultivating somebody else’s less than-stellar harvest.
The fruit you get might not even tolerate your climate. After years of germinating and cultivating, the fruit rots on the branch or the tree dies before the fruit ever matures. If it pays off at all, you might get an apple, but it’s what’s at the core that counts.
The seeds will never produce another apple exactly like it, because it can only reproduce the conglomerate of DNA that pollinated it. Great! Now you have taken on somebody else’s seed, and it is a bad fit. You are out of balance as you try to make it yours. Again, precious time and energy is diverted from purpose and destiny. What went wrong?
The apple blossom will produce more of the same delicious fruit as long as its branch is grafted into the right tree. In that case, it does not matter how many different types of pollen get into the mix; the tree consistently produces the same type of apple.
If we are to recognize and root out the seeds of the past, we have to be grafted into the higher thoughts of God, holding that as the unchanging standard of truth.
Just as apple tree branches have to be grafted into the root of a tree to produce more apples of its kind, we have to be rooted into something higher, truer, eternal, and unchanging.
If the seed that has taken root does not line up with God’s Word or His direct instruction to you, it has to go — no questions asked, no mulling it over, no wallowing in it. It’s a seed that belongs in the distant past. Its seed thrown from somebody else’s less than stellar harvest.
But because we have been operating in Fake-Einstein mode so long, we have to train ourselves to see the core of a matter and recognize the motives seeding our own defenses before we can even begin to discern what seeds the perspective, perceptions, and behaviors of others.
Excerpt from the Award-Winning Best-Seller, Whose Apple is it, Anyway! Empowering Purpose to Achieve Your God-Ordained Destiny.
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