A Note from the Chef
I wrote this post several years ago for another season, but I think it bares repeating – especially now, when for much of the world, the harvest is in and we enter a time of celebration, of giving thanks for our bounty (big or small) and of deep refection as one year ends and a new one is just around the corner.
Most of us have heard the saying,
“To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3
“Or was it the Byrds?”
I have heard it said – from a source far less profound than the Bible or the lyrics to the Byrds song it inspired – that you can’t really know someone until you’ve been with them through each season of a year. “Is it true?” I wondered.
Certainly we can’t appreciate the full symphony of nature’s seasons without seeing them all. “But do we have to know Fall in order to know that we love Spring?” I wondered some more.
In the culinary world, everything has its particular season; a time when each fruit, each vegetable, each plant is at the height of its full flavor. Each has its time in the spotlight. All one has to do is take a bite of a peach in winter to know that it tastes infinitely better in the summer. Nature orchestrates the seasons, but we appreciate and see the cyclical patters it demonstrates everywhere – even within ourselves.
Looking back on our lives in quiet reflection, we sometimes realize that the fruits of our labors also have their time of the season. Sometimes we go forward – full throttle – while at others we halt…not sure of the way. Both are needed.
“…you cannot hasten the harvest.” I heard from the same source.
Give thanks for what you’ve harvested – even if it’s painful; be grateful for the very air you breathe – even if that’s all you have; rest a while, but remember to plant the seeds of your dreams. Nourish them. Be patient and watch for signs of growth. Not all will flourish…but some will.
And once again it will be time for a new harvest, a new season, new blessings to be grateful for. That’s the seed I’m planting right now.
Tell me in the comments below what you’re grateful for or what seeds you’re planting for your next harvest.
Come on. Put it out there.