Wilting

“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” — Lao Tzu

Have you noticed that in modern society we barely (if at all) live by the seasons anymore? If it weren’t for school, seasonal allergies, marketing, and Christmas, we’d probably have gotten rid of them years ago.

We’ve abstracted nature out of the equation.

We eat out of season. Pasta in the summer. Fruit in the winter.
We use AC to have a more comfortable local atmosphere.
When the sunlight fades, we light up the night sky with electricity.

Taking control of nature allows us to work and live however we want to. This gives us more power and ownership over our lives. But it potentially throws out of alignment with our needs. Perhaps we need to live more seasonally.

My fiancée and I recently had a conversation about this idea. She’s hot-natured, so living in the South during the summer is almost unbearable for her. If she’s out in the humid sun too long she turns into a cooked vegetable. She’s a much happier and productive camper when fall comes along.

I wonder if seasonality goes deeper than what food we can grow. What if the seasons are built into our DNA as earthlings?

Sure, different parts of the world have a different climates. To each their own.

There’s a time for things to bloom and things to wither. There’s a time for rest and for work. There’s a time for reflection and play and community and adventure. Are we respecting that in ourselves? How can we incorporate seasonality into our lives?

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #1005

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