Life, in full circle
Today from the Lion King, The Circle of Life video for us to look at and we can follow the lyrics of the song. Disney does have it uses!
From the day we arrive on the planet And blinking, step into the sun There's more to be seen than can ever be seen More to do than can ever be done Some say, "Eat or be eaten" Some say, "Live and let live" But all are agreed as they join the stampede You should never take more than you give In the circle of life It's the wheel of fortune It's the leap of faith It's the band of hope 'Til we find our place On the path unwinding In the circle, the circle of life Some of us fall by the wayside And some of us soar to the star And some of us sail through our troubles And some have to live with the scars There's far too much to take in here More to find than can ever be found But the sun rolling high through the sapphire sky Keeps great and small on the endless round In the circle of life It's the wheel of fortune It's the leap of faith It's the band of hope 'Til we find our place On the path unwinding, yeah In the circle, the circle of life It's the wheel of fortune, yeah It's the leap of faith It's the band of hope 'Til we find our place On the path unwinding, yeah In the circle, the circle of life On the path unwinding, yeah In the circle, the circle of life
Yesterday, Diane sent me some lovely photos showing how we are moving through the year and now we have the tiny premature fruits of Autumn peeping out from the leaves. We have started harvesting little amounts of crops here at The Rectory, and already saying next year we will have more of that or we will forget the other. Our mangetout are almost done and soon there will be a free pot for the next lot of seedlings which are coming on.
My beloved Horse Chestnut tree in the garden here at The Rectory, despite producing only eleven full flowers, has baby conkers being formed on the flower skeletons. The seasons are passing so quickly and I feel as yet I haven't enjoyed them. It is after all the circle of life, it is the circle of time. How quickly we move from the Season of hope and expectancy to the season of fulfillment. Do we embrace it, or are we just swept along in a frantic race sometimes to get to the top of the year again? A gardener friend of ours has always said from April to September the year stops as the crops need care and harvesting. Do we follow time wisely or use it for the best? Is time a healer or an excuse in life? Do we allow time to be experienced, felt and shape us, or is it just a circle of life which can pass over us? How much of time do we as individuals take on - it can easily become an excuse too!
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 (NRSV)
3 For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
2 a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; 3 a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; 4 a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; 5 a time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; 6 a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to throw away; 7 a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; 8 a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.
Make time today for laughter and fun, for peace and quiet, for education and absorption, for creativity and positivity. Make time for your loved ones, present or not, and above all make time for You!
- Mani Purathayil Madhavan