Harvest: Part I

This week, we’ll be exploring “Harvest.” Below is part I, and we’ll see you Wednesday for part II.yellowandgreenpeppers

Harvest… the name of our current exhibition. It’s simple and fitting for the season. I think most people associate the word and its accompanying action with the Fall equinox – along with apple picking, all things cozy, and those three little letters in the order of P, S, and L. I like apple picking and being cozy (confession, I’m not a coffee drinker so I cannot comment on the PSL), but I typically like them just during the Fall. I appreciate them for that time of the year, then am able to move on to the other traditions and typical trends of the next season.

But, harvest, when I really think about it, is something I want to do year-round. I’m not talking about harvesting wheat or apples or spaghetti squash (although I do love a good spaghetti squash). I’m talking about harvesting the seeds we have planted in our life and seeing the investments we have made come to a fruitful, abundant Harvest.countryscene

Harvest, according to Merriam-Webster, means the following:

Full Definition of harvest

  • 1
:  the season for gathering in agricultural crops
  • 2
:  the act or process of gathering in a crop
  • 3
a :  a mature crop (as of grain or fruit) :  yield
b :  the quantity of a natural product gathered in a single season <deer harvest> <ice harvest>
    4
:  an accumulated store or productive result <a harvest of revenue>

Below is my breakdown of the definition of this mighty word.

1: the season for gathering in agricultural crops.
Nowhere does Merriam or Webster say “the fall equinox season for gathering.” Which means harvesting does happen and is meant to happen all year round with different crops. For whatever reason though, it just doesn’t sound very “Springy” or “Summery” and I think we like to just reserve the term for the Fall. So often I find myself and hearing others say, “Next exhibition we’ll do that,” “I’ll get to the gym once this or that,” “I’ll do it when the kids start school,” or “I’ll paint that when…,” and those things we want for our lives never happen because we are “reserving” them for another season. We want the harvest, but planting can be difficult, tedious, and doesn’t always fit into our ideal calendar. The more we postpone to “other seasons,” the less we can harvest in the one we’re in or about to step into. You can’t gather now what you didn’t plant before.