Healthy soil contains organic matter, which is composed of things that have died. The dead matter becomes worm food. As the matter is consumed, nutrients are released that feed other living things like plants. All this to say, decay can lead to regeneration.
Jesus compared the human heart to soil. Some hearts are hard and cracked, a feeding ground for birds. Others are rocky and shallow. Others are overrun with thorns. But some hearts are like rich soil where seeds thrive and reproduce.
How do I get a heart that is like good soil? Stuff needs die.
What needs to die in me? Pride, selfishness, bitterness, impatience, fear, malice, anger, revenge and apathy to name a few. The best part is, as these things die, new life can rise up in their place. Decay leads to regeneration.
Interesting note, adding manure to the ground also enriches the soil. Just saying.