Etymology收 (수) – to collect
穫 (확) – to reap, to harvest
Every person who lives has his time of sowing and reaping. At the time of reaping, a person, based on the quality of his harvest, judges the results. Only then is he ready for self-renewal.
Sowing may seem like a pointless activity: by scattering seed, the farmer loses money. But it is a wise activity because he sows not for the present, but for the future, which will bring him a rich harvest.
Don’t try to start sowing or harvesting just for yourself. Both the motive and the result must belong to the common good.
The seed that is sown sprouts, germinates, and yields a harvest, which the owner collects and keeps in his storehouse. In the same way, we must necessarily complete a process that allows us to be harvested, like the fruit, and be useful for some purpose.
A life lived for love’s sake is productive, it bears fruit, and, on the contrary, a life without love entails exhaustion and destruction.
To reap a worthy harvest of our lives, we need to walk the path of love. This means that we must be born in love, grow in love, guided by it as the goal of life, and follow the path of love throughout our lives. Even at the moment of death, we must leave the world with the thought that we are returning to love.