Timing is everything.
Our thoughts on timing have been and will continue to evolve as we learn to navigate the twists and turns of life. In life, everything is about timing. We can see an opportunity and if the timing is not right the details will not come together.
Many of us meet the right person or find the right job at the wrong time and have to find our way back or the opposite because the timing feels right, we rush to the wrong decision. We can know the right thing to do but until the timing is right we cannot get any momentum in that direction.
Life is definitely a balance between asserting our personal willpower and going with the flow. Pushing with too much force, for me, always ends up pushing what I want away rather than bringing it towards me. On the other hand sometimes waiting for things to come my way can feel too passive. The truth is that when the timing is right what we want finds us in many ways, shapes and forms.
In this culture of the Protestant work ethic, it can feel like we need to always be doing something. But the fact is doing is not the same as being. Sometimes doing things allows us to become the person we want, but more often the doing takes the place of the internal work that we need to do to become the person that is prepared for what we want.
For most of us doing is a way that we distract ourselves from the challenges that we face or our own shortcomings. Not that life is supposed to be a cakewalk. We all are here to have the lessons of this life and we normally don’t learn unless we face challenges that we have to overcome. But the real part of life is in the process of becoming the person we want to be rather than keeping busy doing stuff.
Have you ever experienced synchronicity in your life? An easy example is when you think about a friend you haven’t talked to for a while and within a short period of time they call or text. These little coincidences come one after another when we are in the right place at the right time. It almost seems that the forward progress if effortless.
The fact of the matter is until the timing was right for me to try raw foods again it really didn’t matter how often I tried, I just couldn’t make it stick. Even though I knew intellectually that raw foods are good for me and that it suits my lifestyle, it was just too difficult to make the changes. Much to my amazement, the last four months have been quite easy. I have made some very significant lifestyle changes but it has not been a struggle. I am just grateful.
Patience is power. Patience is not an absence of action; rather it is “timing” it waits on the right time to act, for the right principles and in the right way.
~Fulton J. Sheen