When we’ve been out planting seeds and seedlings, we often water the ground or seed tray first. I’m always amazed at how little water soaks in beyond the top centimeter. Over the years, I’ve learnt that the soil quality matters. The more compost we’ve added and the richer the soil, the more water soaks in. On poor soil, the water tends to bounce off. This is true in small trays and vegetable gardens and large fields.
I find it a good reminder about leadership and change. Communication can easily ‘bounce’ off the other and be ignored. However, often the better relationship we have with the other, the more our message ‘sinks’ in. And just like it takes time to build or regenerate soil, it takes time to build relationships.