135 – It’s Okay to NOT Grow (During the Appropriate Season)

Why are we so often shamed for NOT growing? Everyone needs a Sabbath.

Fall is upon us. The trees are beginning their transition from lush and thriving to reserved and docile. This season is a season of beauty, comfort, and echos the metaphors of creation. The earth begins to take her rest from a bountiful time of productiveness. She rests her feet and settles in to recoup, renew, and reemerge on the other side stronger than ever. 

This week we are talking about NOT growing. So often we are shamed (in every corner of our lives) for not growing. We are told that we need to bear more fruit. We need to prune back to produce more crops. It’s a constant barrage of more. But everything needs a Sabbath, even our growth. 

Leviticus talks of how in the seventh year to stop working the vineyard and to cease pruning the plants. Just let them be. They need this time of rest. There is so much here we can learn from. So whether you were convinced you had to always be growing or have taken on guilt for being content, let this conversation serve as a reminder that in the right season, growing is the WRONG goal to strive for.

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