To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; —Ecclesiastes 3:1-5
The other day, a friend posted that this year is not the year to expect wonderful things. It is a year to appreciate the things in your life that are wonderful. Many of us are struggling with the realities of this year. It is our struggle season; it is quite literally a time to refrain from embracing.
What I love about this verse from Ecclesiastes is the rhythm of it. The rhythm reminds us of the cycles of things, and how the one constant in our lives is change. This moment, for many of us, is exhausting...but it will not last forever. This verse was written three hundred years BCE, but it’s as relevant today as ever. Isn’t that amazing?
This does not mean that you should let go of your writing goals. Actually, the opposite—now is a time to sit at the keyboard, because this is a moment for observation and reflection. This is the writer’s season, the artist’s season. It is a season to remember the joys of the process of writing and of all that it gives to us, personally. And so, I suppose, that this is my Thanksgiving post. I’m thankful for writing, I’m thankful for all of the people who have let me know that Bookflow has helped them feel more joyful about their writing, and I’m thankful to you, for reading this. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving next week, and enjoy this season of appreciating all that is wonderful in your life.