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There is a season…

There have been times in my life when things were difficult and others when they were easy. In different periods of your life and even the year or the day, things seem to flow. Many years ago in music school I struggled with mallet-making. Years later as my marimba was being built, I found myself making beautiful mallets effortlessly and prolifically. It was a different season. I was motivated. I enjoyed the process and I had more patience than before.

As well, there are other concepts and skills that have more recently been understood and mastered that eluded me previously. Naturally, we are ambitious and industrious, but with wisdom we learn to accept certain truths. If you are gardening, no amount of effort and enticement will inspire or coerce plants from emerging from the ground before their time. If you do pull a plant out prematurely, it will not survive, it will not be viable.

People say to me “I’m no good at that”. I don’t believe it for them and I don’t believe it for me. It is best to be open to the idea of transformation. About 330 billion cells are replaced in our bodies daily. Maybe we just got the right ones for that thing that we’ve failed at before.

There is a beauty and a peace in accepting things. When it is winter, it doesn’t help anyone to wish that it were summer, to walk around in their shorts or to jump in the lake (especially when it is frozen). It will be summer again! When we recognize the ebb and flow of life and its cycles, we are better poised to enjoy every season.

Ecclesiastes 3

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.


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