The Seasons of Life

harvest fruits

Fall is the time to harvest the fruits of our springtime labour. It also presents us with a major lesson to learn in life, which is to learn how to reap in the fall without apology if you have done well and without complaint if you have not.  

Nothing is more exciting than a bounteous crop, and nothing is more dreadful than a barren field in the fall. We must remember that in all areas of the human existence, what we put into this world, we get back from it. It is nature’s way of evening the score. So regardless of the results, take full responsibility for your crop. One of the highest forms of human maturity is accepting full responsibility for our lives. 

We must remember that life is constantly recycling itself. Much of life is about the balancing of two opposites, like the positive and negative charge on a battery. Life’s balancing of opposites totally surrounds our lives: man/woman, day/night, good/evil, life/death, water/land, summer/winter, recession/expansion, joy/sorrow, etc. 

Yes, I believe we will have major changes, but I also believe we will continue to have just one winter, spring, summer and fall each year. Much of our success will lie in our ability and philosophy to plant in the springtime of opportunity, to weed and cultivate in the testing time of summer, to harvest without apology and/or complaint in the results time of fall and to get stronger, wiser, better in the transition and learning times of winter. 

Remember it is not what happens to you that determines your future; it is what you do about it. 

So here’s to a great and prosperous upcoming year. 

Reproduced with kind permission from Jim Rohn
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