The way you use your time is the way you live your life.
Ripening time is a concept that takes on special meaning for me as autumn takes hold here on the farm, and the peach harvest arrives! Peaches, luscious and aglow with summer’s sun and warmth, grace autumn’s larder and fill me with wonder.
Each year I look forward to this sweet fruit of ripening time. And each year, like clockwork, the peaches arrive on our trees – sweet and abundant miracles.
So, the idea of ripening time is something we can all relate to when it comes to peaches. But how about other areas of our lives? I think that ripening time offers a useful perspective on many activities we engage in – and many challenges we face.
Here are some ways that I consider ripening time to be a useful concept and a powerful force in my life:
When I think of peacefulness and ripening time, I think of letting go. In our everyday lives, it’s important to know when to be proactive and when to let things be. Or more accurately, sometimes the best and most proactive choice you can make is to let things be.
Ripening time is not about being passive. No, letting things be can often be a huge challenge. And it doesn’t mean turning away. As with the peaches, what ripening time means is that we make a choice to give ourselves what we need and to open our hands and let go.
There’s quite a bit of courage involved in this choice; the Serenity Prayer comes to mind. In time, change will come. We don’t always know what shape or form that change will take, but we can rest assured that it will come. That is ripening time, and it brings you peacefulness.
If you are a small business owner or entrepreneur like me, you know how challenging, stressful, and just plain difficult it is to embark on a new enterprise.
When I started Finding Time back in 2006, I didn’t really know how things would develop. I invested time and energy – lots of it – and I let things ripen.
Ripening time has an impact all its own – apart from the effort invested in an activity. You do what you can to set things in motion … and then things happen. Again – this isn’t a call for passivity. But it is a call to recognize that after a certain point, your business is working, even when you are asleep.
The forces that you have put in motion are percolating and evolving. That is ripening time.
So, whether you’re biting into a peach or selling a new product, know that working hard and letting go are both part of the powerful rhythm of ripening time.
Here’s to your time success!
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