Everything follows its own timing

Success is rarely immediate.

Once planted a seed grows in its own time.

If you have ever attempted to grow things, you sow the seed, then you create the ideal conditions for that seed to germinate into a desired outcome.  The Colchester wheat in the image took many months to reach the moment where it could be harvested after being sown.  Nothing comes immediately, and the seed grows according to its own timing.

Sometimes the conditions are too hostile for a seed to germinate.  Fellow blogger LEARN FROM NATURE wrote a post about Herman Melville, author of the classic Moby-Dick. The public at the time were indifferent to his work, and he failed to sell the first 3000 copies of the work; it was only after his death that people now appreciate the Moby-Dick for what it is.

Everything moves according to its own clock, thus to force things can have negative consequences.  200 years ago people had yet to discover that sickness was caused by germs; they still believed in the dark age idea that illness was caused by an imbalance of the humours.  Ignaz Semmelweis in 1847 observed that if doctors washed their hands lives could be saved; for it was common practice for doctors to switch from dissecting corpses to treating living patients without washing their hands, thus creating high mortality rates.  Semmelweis reduced mortality rates in his own clinic through handwashing, then tried to convince his fellow doctors to do the same.  The medical community was indifferent to Semmelweis, who then over time became forceful in his efforts to change medical practice, upon which the medical community turned on him, locked him up in a lunatic asylum, where Semmelweis died from infected injuries after being beaten up by the guards.  It was 50 years later before the medical profession were enlightened to change their practices.


17 responses to “Everything follows its own timing

  1. Reblogged this on LEARN FROM NATURE and commented:
    Great post on natural timing of life by Alex Jones ( via @LearnFromNature , @NAEE_UK )

  2. YES, yet today many expect instant gratification. Great postAlex

  3. There are many who have sacrificed for the benefit of others, but this dr really was treated badly, and he should be more widely known today. BTW, just saw brilliant film, Hysteria, that deals with this period of medicine, but in a very orignal way.

  4. A much more prolific way to express “Patience, Grasshopper.” 😀

    There is much that can be learnt from Nature…patience and riding the flow or doing things in their own time are but a pinch of what Nature has to show.

    Great post.

  5. GreenMarketingCompany

    Reblogged this on The Good Word and commented:
    So very true, nothing ever happens before it’s time…

  6. In the business world many think they can force things by “ordering people to get things done”. But as you point out everything grows/changes according to it’s own timing. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Some years ago, I was riding home from work and in passing a freshly manicured hedge I had the same realisation as yours above.
    In clipping the hedge to the gardener’s desired shape, the gardener would then have had to wait until the following spring before being able to see the new shoots and leaves growing from the shape he wanted. He had to have a gardener’s patience.
    It was in this moment that I realised that a person cannot expect the world the follow his wishes in terms of timing, but we are too often fall foul of the mad hectic rush of the modern world where we want everything NOW.
    I think this is a great mini epiphany to have as it helps a person re-discover the pace of nature, and realise that this natural pace is what we are designed, deep down, to understand, and that this will invariably lead to better results if this patience is learned and lived with … doesn’t help when you boss wants that report on his desk in the morning though!
    Great post Alex!

    • The modern human world is separated from the natural world, it fails to appreciate the natural clock. This is why so much of the modern world is heading for the rocks: people buy now pay later now in huge debt; the over-use of land for crops creating desert. Thanks for your comment Danny.

  8. Credibility is also something that can be very hard for many to earn after they have made so many mistakes. It can take a very long time and a lot of hard work to earn credibility from others, and this can quickly discourage and collapse many who are trying to improve their situation, but do not and have never really understand the value of trust and dependability.

    • The good thing about mistakes is that it produces the most wisdom; it all depends upon the individual learning from those mistakes and then turning a success from it. Some of the greatest business people have a lot of failures behind them.

  9. Thanks for this and discovered you through Lead.Learn.Live. Something I’ve learned is that the clock doesnt stop ticking – and it really used to stress me and drive my days – but now, slowing down, looking round, and even when pressures are on I can stand back and remind myself things take time, and I am always working towards my goals whatever they be, especially in business. I’ve made the mistakes and learn from them, even pay for them, but still learning life lessons takes longer than short but necessary lessons I realise! Something I too try to teach my daughters – and people around me. Glad I’ve found your blog and look forward to many more, and the Learn from Nature one too perhaps!

    • Hi jaycm6, glad you found my blog useful. Lead.Learn.Live is an awesome blog.

      We have a choice of being a slave or master to time. The art is using time well to benefit us rather than just other people. Often more time can be found to do other worthwhile things by cutting out the irrelevant and “junk” activities.

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