To everything there is a season. (Did the melody of that Byrds song play in your head just now?) There is a season for planting, for cultivating, for harvesting, and for resting.
Planting mode is about faith. You are putting seeds in the ground with no guarantee of a return, just the hope that if they are given the right conditions, some of them will grow up and produce an eventual harvest.
When you are in cultivating mode, you are caring for the vulnerable seedlings, assessing their needs, and adapting to ensure that they don’t get squashed by the elements. You must protect and defend them, and make sure they are nourished.
Harvest mode is what we all hope for. It’s when we get to experience the fruits of our labor and finally see what it’s all been for.
Finally, resting mode is about allowing the ground to recover and become refreshed. Good farmers know that crop rotation is important so that the land doesn’t become depleted. There needs to be a rhythm of rest to ensure a good future harvest.
Many people try to live in perpetual harvest mode, but that is a recipe for disaster. You must honor all of the seasons to be effective.
Where are you plating seeds right now?
Which seedlings are you cultivating?
Where are you experiencing a harvest?
How will you rest so that you aren’t depleted?
Effective creative pros honor the seasonal nature of their work. To everything there is a season.
Question: Which season are you in right now? How should you adapt your rhythms to reflect it?