A trilogy is a set of three works of art that are connected, and that can be seen either as a single work or as three individual works. – Definition
We have mostly been training and cycling at Northern Farm and we love it here!
We started in the midst of winter, exploring the beautiful dry lands.
Emerging from the veld fires as a Phoenix does,
we were privileged to see the farm transform to green and lush beauty of a different kind.
It has been incredible to watch this change in season and witness the growth of not only the plants but the animal life too.
I have been thinking a lot about life and all its nuances lately.
I have explored this inner tension concerning being at peace with where I am now and striving for something better.
I have dubbed it the ‘October Blues’ because I recall feeling exactly this way last year and mentioning to my friends that every year this time I go through a melancholy period of inner reflection and pondering what gives Life to life.
Of course I want to push myself to be the best I can be but on the other hand I do not want to burn myself out by constantly striving to reach my “true potential” when I do not even know what that means.
Of course ambition is important but it is also important to be content with the present moment. Sometimes Life will simply present itself to you in all Its beauty, without asking for anything in return from you.
At any single point in your life there will be parts of it that are changing and moving forward where other parts of your life just need to “be” or in some circumstances parts of your life that need to be left behind and not worked on; just laid to rest.
We are all busy people and we cannot be executing everything with perfection in our lives at all times. Prioritise what needs to be pursued and allotted time as well as effort.
On the other hand consider what areas just need some contemplating and thinking time.
Sometimes reading, researching and re-assessing your life can be as productive as pro actively working on a goal or project.
Most of us fear inner conflict as it presents an uncomfortable and stressful situation without clear direction.
The existence of this conflict should rather be viewed as a forced way to effectively deal with it and move forward.
Conflict is inevitable and challenges us to live up to our capabilities.
Always surround yourself by smiling and loving people – guiding and motivating you through. Reminding you of these capabilities. Reminding you that no, you did not almost lose your life in the fire, you got through. You will always get through.
Just take note of signs in your life that will point you in the right direction. Follow them; follow your head as well as your heart. Pay attention, these signs will sometimes be subtle, other times not.
Just like Autumn-Winter-Spring-Summer, so your life will experience seasonality and this too is a natural phenomenon.
We need to face these twists and turns in our lives head on: with momentum and dedication to overcome them.
With focus, any hurdle can be overcome.
The manifestation of overcoming fear will be relief and a sense of vitality.
One area of our lives that we have been working on to reach a goal whilst enjoying it throughout has been cycling.
I have written about my fears during mountain biking and cycling at Northern Farm has been great in the sense that we have been able to track our progression in this sport –our cycling season if you will.
Our first cycle there we were wrecked after completing the 20km route.
Since, and over the past few months, we slowly but purposefully worked on improving strength, speed and style.
I still have a mind block and am anxious down and back up steep hills, over roots and my depth perception is lacking.
But I am improving, and it is an awesome accomplishment for me!
We can bear testimony to so many beautiful sights, sights that we have marveled at together.
I guess what I am trying to say is
don’t try to find the balance between thinking and doing – cycle between the two!
I leave you with a verse from The Bible which beautifully ties up my thoughts.
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 (NIV)
To everything there is a season, and
a time to every purpose under heaven:
A time to be born, and
a time to die;
a time to plant, and
a time to pluck up
that which is planted;
A time to kill, and
a time to heal;
a time to break down, and
a time to build up;
A time to weep, and
a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and
a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, and
a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and
a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to get, and
a time to lose;
a time to keep, and
a time to cast away;
A time to rend, and
a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and
a time to speak;
A time to love, and
a time to hate;
a time of war; and
a time of peace.
I started this post towards the end of the first week of the month and have struggled to write it throughout. I am relieved that I have worked through my ‘October Blues’ and the tone of the post has experienced a transformation of its own; from depressed and dreary to reflective and positive, or at least I hope so?
I plan on exuding only positive energy during November (my birthday month!) and the rest of the year. I hope you all do too. All the time keeping in mind that, “To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven”.