There will be times
“Let us learn to appreciate there will be times when the trees will be bare, and look forward to the time when we may pick the fruit.” — Anton Chekhov
Even when the trees appear to be bare, there is a lot happening underground. A gardener once explained to me that fall is the best time to transplant most shrubs and trees, because the root system will develop most during the winter, before the demands of blooms and fruit take over. Growth is not always visible to us.
I think there’s a life lesson for people here, too. It’s easy to get impatient during times when progress is not apparent. But unseen changes are always happening. Our task is to nourish and cultivate our minds, hearts and bodies so that the inevitable changes are taking us in the right direction. If we can manage to stay focused on what is good, just, positive and hopeful, we will grow stronger even if we don’t feel or see that growth for a very long time.
This post was originally published seven years ago today. You can view the original with comments here.