There's been a lot of turnover in that particular flowerbed, which used to be a nursery bed for starter plants. Three summers ago, during construction, a 5-foot deep trench ran through that flowerbed.
And today: a redbud seedling. Amazing!
The results of yesterday's actions, even long ago actions, are still springing up in our lives. This is called karma. Knowing that our future is born of our action strengthens our intention to act honorably today. The seeds of today's unkindness may come to fruition 18 years from now. Likewise, today's generosity, today's patience, today's open-hearted kindness will come to fruition sometime in the future.
What kind of future do you want for yourself? The choice is yours: Today.