To everything – turn, turn, turn
There is a season – turn, turn, turn
And a time for every purpose under heaven….At the start of December, I had some writing time for myself only to be interrupted with Christmas cards, Christmas shopping, wrapping gifts and standing in line to mail them to relatives. While I worked away at the season’s to do list, I became frustrated instead of joyous.
Isn’t it something how we can still learn what’s important in life as it’s revealed to us in the little things? The verse above is from a song that’s a long time favorite of mine by the Byrds. I heard it on the radio the other day and it made me stop and think about my harried chase to carve out writing time.
Also, last week, I had a tenth grade student read some songs she’d written to me. Actually, she sang them and I was thankful that she felt confident enough to share them with me. I told her how wonderful it was that she’d started writing early in life, while I waited until I was in my thirties. I thought back to my early years to the season before writing. I raised my kids; I did the best I could then moved on to writing. Finally, I no longer grieve the time I could have been writing. I think I get it. It wasn’t my season yet.
There’s a season for writing and it’s coming up for you and for me. And it may be after the holidays, working a season of over-time, taking care of your children or aging parents, going to college, divorce, or something else that comes your way.
This season, let’s all give ourselves a break and focus on our families and friends first, love them while they’re here. To everything there is a season. May you all have a peaceful holiday season and a happy new year!