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I think that’s because we live in a time = money world. If it takes too much time, someone is going to lose money.
And that just makes me sad.
I prefer to look to Mother Nature for the example she sets for us.
It is the peak of autumn in some parts of the country. The trees are brilliantly showing us what they’ve got. Like a man or woman dressed to the 9’s for a night out on the town. They have pulled out all the stops.
Those maple, oak, dogwood, and hickory trees are in their glory grinning from ear to ear, showing all of who they are in this moment for the world to see.
But getting to that place took time. Those leaves first had to be buds on branches during the spring. Over the months and into the summer, those buds burst into bright light green leaves, then became bigger and a darker shade of green as the sun helped them with photosynthesis and the rain provided the water needed for nutrients to travel around the tree.
As summer came to a close, the days grew shorter. This was the first cue to the trees that things were changing again. During the weeks of decreasing light and temperature, the leaves slowly started to change color from their bright deep greens to the yellows, oranges, and reds we now see so spectacularly.
This transformation has been happening slowly.
It didn’t happen overnight. That change took time. And it’s a good thing it did. Look how much we appreciate and celebrate what Mother Nature has brought.
Many of us drive for hours and make special trips to view the leaves and even spend a long weekend or vacation taking her in.
Can you imagine how disappointed you’d feel if the leaves were green one day, red the next, then gone off the tree lying on the ground by day 3?
There would be no time to enjoy the process of change.
We’d miss out on what is provided to us for free, every year.
Time does not always equal money.
Do you notice this anywhere else in your life?
Where might the process of change be taking a while longer than you’d like?
What would happen if you tried to be fully in it and with it, while it was going on? Without judgment. What do you notice?
Your Turn: What’s one place in your life where you can appreciate that change takes time? Leave a comment below, or email me, firstname.lastname@example.org
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