Quotes for
the Journey:

The Seasons
of Life

  
In seed time learn, in harvest
teach, in winter enjoy.

William Blake

   

Expect to have hope rekindled.  Expect your prayers to be answered in wondrous ways. The dry seasons in life do not last.  The spring rains will come again.       -Sarah Ban Breathnach

   

Young people say, What is the sense of our small effort?  They cannot see that they must lay one brick at a time; we can be responsible only for the one action at the present moment. But we can beg for an increase of love in our hearts that will vitalize and transform all our individual actions, and know that God will take them and multiply them, as Jesus multiplied the loaves and fishes.      -Dorothy Day

   
The seasons are what a symphony ought to be:  four perfect movements in harmony with each other.       -Artur Rubenstein
   

And you would accept the seasons of your heart just as you have always accepted that seasons pass over your fields and you would watch with serenity through the winters of your grief.        -Khalil Gibran

   
A human life has seasons much as the earth has seasons, each time with its own particular beauty and power.  And gift.  By focusing on springtime and summer, we have turned the natural process of life into a process of loss rather than a process of celebration and appreciation.  Life is neither linear nor stagnant.  It is movement from mystery to mystery.  Just as a year includes autumn and winter, life includes death, not as an opposite but as an integral part of the way life is made.       -Rachel Naomi Remen

There was an Indian Chief who had four sons and he wanted his sons to learn not to judge things too quickly.  So he sent them each on a quest, in turn, to go and look at a pear tree that was a great distance away.

The first son went in the winter, the second in the spring, the third in summer and the youngest son in the autumn.

A year later, when they had all gone and come back, he called them together to describe what they had seen.

The first son said that the pear tree was ugly, bent, and twisted.

The second son said no, the pear tree was covered with green buds and full of promise.

The third son disagreed; he said the pear tree was laden with blossoms that smelled so sweet and looked so beautiful, it was the most graceful thing he had ever seen.

The last son disagreed with all of them; he said the pear tree was ripe and drooping with fruit, full of life and fulfillment.

The Indian Chief then explained to his sons that they were all right, because they had each seen but only one season in the tree's life.

He then told them that they cannot judge a tree, or a person, by only one season and that the essence of who they are and the pleasure, joy and Love that come from life can only be measured in the end, when all the seasons are up.

If you give up when it's winter, you will no doubt miss the promise of your spring, the beauty of your summer and the fulfillment of your autumn.

Author Unknown
    

    
No one can better bask in summer's balm than those who have endured winter's bite.  Similarly, it is those who have suffered through life's darkest hours who are able to truly savor the bright dawn of happiness.  The person who has transformed the worst of fate into the best of fortune is life's champion.     -Daisaku Ikeda, Buddhism Day by Day
  
Thinking Like A Farmer

One of the difficulties we face in our industrialized age is the fact we've lost our sense of seasons.  Unlike the farmer, whose priorities change with the seasons, we have become impervious to the natural rhythm of life.  As a result, we have our priorities out of balance.  Let me illustrate what I mean:
   For a farmer, springtime is his most active time.  It's then when he must work around the clock, up before the sun and still toiling at the stroke of midnight.  He must keep his equipment running at full capacity because he has but a small window of time for the planting of his crop.  Eventually winter comes when there is less for him to do to keep him busy.
   There is a lesson here.  Learn to use the seasons of life.  Decide when to pour it on and when to ease back, when to take advantage and when to let things ride.  It's easy to keep going from nine to five year in and year out and lose a natural sense of priorities and cycles.  Don't let one year blend into another in a seemingly endless parade of tasks and responsibilities.  Keep your eye on your own seasons, lest you lose sight of value and substance.     -Jim Rohn
  
As I accepted the change of the golden hair of my childhood to the reddish-brown hair of my youth without regret, so I also accept my silver hair--and I am ready to accept the time when my hair and the rest of my clay garment returns to the dust from which it came, while my spirit goes on to freer living. It is the season for my hair to be silver, and each season has its lessons to teach. Each season of life is wonderful if you have learned the lessons of the season before. It is only when you go on with lessons unlearned that you wish for a return.      -Peace Pilgrim
  
Youth is like spring, an over-praised season more remarkable for biting winds than genial breezes. Autumn is the mellower season, and what we lose in flowers we more than gain in fruits.     -Samuel Butler
  
A person's character and their garden both reflect the amount of weeding that was done during the growing season.     -unattributed
  
You have noticed that everything an Indian does is in a circle, and that is because the Power of the World always works in circles, and everything tries to be round.  The Sky is round, and I have heard that the earth is round like a ball, and so are all the stars.  The wind, in its greatest power, whirls.  Birds make their nest in circles, for theirs is the same religion as ours. . . . Even the seasons form a great circle in their changing, and always come back again to where they were. The life of a human is a circle from childhood to childhood, and so it is in everything where power moves.     -Black Elk
  
Like the seeds dreaming beneath the snow your heart dreams of spring.     -Khalil Gibran
  
People fight for a new conception of life and God, as they fight to plant seeds in the spring:  because they know that is the only way to harvest.  If after harvest there is winter again, what does it matter?  It is just seasonable.     -D.H. Lawrence
  
The heart's seasons seldom coincide with the calendar. Who among us has not been made desolate beyond all words upon some golden day when the little creatures of the air and meadow were life incarnate, from sheer joy of living? Who among us has not come home, singing, when the streets were almost impassable with snow, or met a friend with a happy, smiling face, in the midst of a pouring rain?     -Myrtle Reed, Old Rose and Silver
  
The question, "Which is the happiest season of life?" was asked of an aged man.  And he replied: "When spring comes, and in the soft air the buds are breaking on the trees, and they are covered with blossoms, I think, 'How beautiful is spring'; and when summer comes and covers the trees with its heavy foliage, and singing birds are among the branches, I think, 'How beautiful is summer.'  When autumn loads them with golden fruit, and their leaves bear the gorgeous tint of frost, I think, 'How beautiful is autumn.'  And when it is severe winter, and there is neither foliage nor fruit, then I look up through the leafless branches as I never could until now, and see the stars shine in God's home.     -unattributed
  
Even if today may seem to be a time of total darkness, it will not last forever.  The dawn will surely come if you advance, ever forward, without being defeated.  The day will definitely come when you can look back fondly and declare, "I am savoring this happiness because I struggled back then."  It is those who know the bitterness of winter that can savor the true joy of spring.    -Daisaku Ikeda, Buddhism Day by Day
  

   

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