Plant a seed (or two). 🌱

Did you know the same chia seeds you buy in the grocery store for smoothies can be planted in your yard? I learned this the other day while playing with my Grogu Chia Pet. Yes, I bought a Grogu Chia Pet after seeing the commercial on Jeopardy!. What of it?

Chia grows extremely fast. That fully engulfed Chia Pet took two weeks. I didn’t expect that the chia produced new seeds of its own in that same amount of time.

When we create something (be it a piece of art, a meal, or an idea), it begins developing seeds. We might not see those seeds, but they’re forming ready-to-plant new ideas. These ideas will lead to new creations of their own. Sometimes, very quickly.

There’s an old meme saying everything is a copy of a copy of a copy of a copy… you get the idea. This notion is often used in a derogatory way, but I challenge you to look at it differently. Everything inspires something else. The seeds generated from your work may spur countless new ideas in other people.

This newsletter was seeded from other newsletters I read and enjoy. It’s my hope something found in these issues develops a seed one of you run with.

Create something and see what seeds it produces.

A version of this story originally appeared in my weekly newsletter, Eat Your Words. Eat Your Words is an idiom meaning to take back what you’ve said. For me, the phrase combines my two favorite things: eating and writing. The Eat Your Words by Justin Cox newsletter mixes writing and creativity advice with featured meals and recipes. It’s the best of both worlds, delivered right to your inbox every week. Subscribe today!

Freelance content writer and co-founder of The Writing Cooperative.

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