October = Harvest
We are at the final day of October. Thank you so much to those who have read my writing/reflection prompts and have liked them or commented.
(In addition to writing, I am attempting to paint a small canvas that focuses on each monthly topic. At this time, the current canvas is a work in progress, but well on its way to completion. My desire to to create both with words and images. Is anyone else deliberately engaged in a similar process?)
My thoughts regarding the topic of harvest are to note that we are simultaneously planting and harvesting in our lives, but are also sometimes sitting in the wintry space between. There is much to be said for both planting and harvesting as active responses. However for most of us, the wintry fallow time between is much more problematic, and yet it is also necessary. This fallow time may become a monthly topic sometime in the near future. I wonder what will appear on the canvas for the particular month that I explore this topic?
This particular musing leads me to a memory. As a child, I sometimes lived in farm country. When I would visit a home, the farmer’s wife would happily show me her pantry which was filled with home canned vegetables, tomato sauce and pickles among other things. Often, I would often be shown the freezer in which contained individually wrapped meat from an animal that had been raised and slaughtered to provide meat for the family. The farmer’s wife was proud that her family would most likely get through the wintry months, having enough. Her hours of planting, tending and canning during the hot summer months were fully evident in what was now on her shelves and in the freezer. She had received and rejoiced in the bounty that had come from her effort.
This step of actually receiving a harvest is so important. And, we may not describe all of of what we harvest as being good. What we choose to plant, and the results of that planting, require discernment. Then the harvest may be received with attentiveness, wonder, a sense of appropriate pride and quite possibly thanksgiving. It seems these are steps that I can gloss over – how about you? In our busy lives, always looking ahead to the next thing the process of simply receiving with open hands is both a spiritual art and a practice.
On this last day of October, I wish you an abundant harvest, a healthy harvest, a time of open hands and open hearts, to receive what is now ready for you.