Ancient wisdom tells us, “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven…”
The writer of the Biblical book of Ecclesiastes where those well known words come from (3:1) knew this even though he did not live in Western New York where the seasons seem to change with a slam and a bang. A tree outside my window is already turning red and losing its leaves… And I’m not ready for that.
I planned a summer vacation this year but my schedule sabotaged it into late September, starting after the last day of summer. If there is a season for everything, why does it have to disappear before I get everything done?
Each season has its beauty and just now we are sort of on the border between two beautiful countries, Summer and Fall. From here we can enjoy both for a while, though the changes still take me by surprise.
So, this year I’m going to invent a new season for myself that will last me all year long. I’ll just call it “Now.” From that season I can enjoy all the others, and it will always be the right season to start all the things I want to do. Even if I procrastinate about some thing, it will always be the right season when I decide to take the thing up again.
International leadership coach for youth, Israelmore Ayivor, says, “You can dance in the storm. Don’t wait for the rain to be over before, because it might take too long. You can do it now. Wherever you are, right now, you can start, right now; this very moment.”
This week, Now takes us to a county full of beautiful Autumn Festivals to enjoy. Please accept the Jamestown Gazette’s front page invitation and in stories throughout this edition, to sample the rich harvests and colorful traditions that always take us along to the season of thanksgiving that follows.
So, enjoy the season called Now.
Of course, Time has three seasons and Now is only one of them. The other two are called Past and Future. Though you can’t live in either one of those, the Future is actually beginning right now. The change of seasons is here.
Here’s a simple guide for that change of seasons from the late priest and writer, Henri Nouwen. “Did I offer peace today? Did I bring a smile to someone’s face? Did I say words of healing? Did I let go of my anger and resentment? Did I forgive? Did I love? These are the real questions. I must trust that the little bit of love that I sow now will bear many fruits, here in this world and the life to come.”
Enjoy your change of seasons, and while you’re here just now, enjoy the read.
The Jamestown Gazette