The Reason

There’s a time and a season, we have all been taught. A time to rise up, and a time to lay down and rest. From the moment of our birth, time and order of life are instilled in us.

I was contemplating this morning on  a compliment given to me, about how contented and peaceful our homestead is; it truly is. I was thinking of the reasons why this would be, and I was brought to the phrase, there’s a time and season for all things under the sun.

From the beginning of the Heart of the BottomsUp 2/3 Acre there have been routines set. These basic routines have been set long before we arrived here though. The seasons have ruled the time for the obvious activities to take place. There’s a time to plant, and a time to harvest. There’s a time to mow the lawn, and a time to shovel the drive. Even the animals have been given internal times to know what to do, when.  By paying close attention, and sticking to their internal clocks as close as possible, we form a routine that pleases all.

It’s the same for all. From humans to animals we are all governed by time and seasons. To quote Benjamin Franklin, “ There’s a time and place for everything.”   Having a time and place for everything, pretty much rules out chaos. A very powerful word that can bring some very disastrous results to your surrounding.

George Santayana  an American philosopher, essayist, poet, and novelist, describe chaos well, “Chaos is a name for any order that produces confusion in our minds.” Understanding this can easily explain why with the establishment of routines both humans and animals thrive well, and thrive with contentment, as well as in peace together.

In looking for some quotes on the word, ‘routine’, I quickly observe an over-whelming majority of negativity to the word. Needless to say I was shocked! I was shocked to see this, because here routines bring success. Routines bring a sense of comfort through a timely expectation.

Ella Maillart known to be one the world’s greatest travellers, and an Olympic competitor in the 1924’s, became mostly known for the books she wrote in both French and English. I found that Ella Maillart’s quote pretty much summoned up the negative majority, she said, “One travels to run away from routine, that dreadful routine that kills all imagination and all our capacity for enthusiasm.”

I seriously started to question all this negativity I was seeing for a topic that has been for all time. There isn’t anything that can begin without having some routine in one’s life.

How can you successfully teach anything without having a structural routine? Seriously, can you house-train a dog without routine? Can you save premature baby without routine? Can you run a successful farm/business without routine? Or, even write a story without the routine structure of basic layout! No, you cannot.

“Most of life is routine – dull and grubby, but routine is the momentum that keeps a man going. If you wait for inspiration you’ll be standing on the corner after the parade is a mile down the street.” Quoted from author, Ben Nicholas

I agree for the most part with Mr.Nicholas, but I beg to differ with the words ‘dull and grubby’. To say ‘dull and grubby’ in text of life is a routine, is this not really describing the view of one’s individual character in viewing their own life? I find this to be character trait, or if you please, an attitude towards their life.

From all those negative quotes I noticed a common trend. The trend that there was no balance. Most quotes spoke of becoming stagnate, or suffocating in routine, which in common sense points ultimately to the void of balance. So I looked up quotes for balance, which lead me to an interesting old folk, who sang with a soft, warming, crack in his voice that truly, only added more emphasis to his words. This gentleman’s name is Pete Seeger. Mr. Seeger is a very famous song writer. One famous song he did was adapted entirely from a very old book, The book of Ecclesiastics. Mr. Seeger  wrote the song in 1959, then recorded his version in 1962. In 1965, the band, The Bryds brought the song to international hits reaching #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Here is the very reason I believe The Heart of the BottomsUP 2/3 Acre is the way it is.  In this song Turn, Turn, Turn, are the lyrics that are the basic fundamental routine of life.

3:1 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
3:2 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
3:3 A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
3:4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
3:5 A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
3:6 A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
3:7 A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
3:8 A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

Set to music in 1952 by Pete Seeger in his song ‘Turn!, Turn!, Turn!’  The original author of  The Book of Ecclesiastics, is King Solomon, undisputedly known as the wisest man who ever lived.

The reason the Heart of the BottomsUp 2/3 Arce is contented and peaceful for all here, is because life is lived with the balance of the routine of time and seasons. Broken down to form a simple structure of a day, keeping in balance and yet, pushing for knowledge and wisdom in good things. We find ourselves in a continuous routine of learning and growing in knowledge of the exciting world around us. Comfort, contented and peaceful knowing that all our basic needs are routine.

(C) Mammy Oaklee 


About Mammy Oaklee

A wife, mother, grand-mother, farmer and wrinkly ol' writer, who's finally got some roots planted in 'The Heart of the BottomsUP 2/3 Acre.' A born and raised city-chick, who found many'a smiles where her heart had always longed to be, in the country. Digging in as close to the beginning of creations, and finding wonderment with a smile. I live my life as a rollar-coaster adventure, and always adding new dreams as old ones are full-filled. Of course, I write about it all!
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5 Responses to The Reason

  1. Amy Rose says:

    Love it!

  2. Mike Robbins says:

    A Wonderful thought provoking story!! Makes you think about life and how important it is to have routine in it so that you can survive lifes obstacles that get thrown randomly into the mix.

  3. For the last few (very richly blessed) years of my life I have learned that learning to LOOK FOR and ALIGN OURSELVES myself to those principles, rhythms and cycles that I see in the Creation. Every dawn and every moonrise…every spring shower or winter snow presents to us a VERY SPECIAL school….and every growing season (be it Spring or Fall) is direct from the lesson plan of the Almighty. In scripture we are told that everything that can be known…even of the the most complex spiritual principles…can be understood through the ‘things that were made’. Our challenge is to learn to be yielded enough to have “eyes to see and ears to hear” that which is taught to us.

    Thank you for reminding us of the the beautiful lesson of doing things “decently and in order”. As mankind we were instructed to serve in the Creation and to care for or (we could say) bring order to what chaos naturally comes to our respective gardens.

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