Thought Bite: Timing

It has been said that timing is everything. As is said in Ecclesiastes 3:4, “to every thing there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven.” I have found this to be true.

Recently I sold the business I was running that my parents created, sold the house I grew up in—in which I had been living, and moved my residence to a new state and new town. I had lived in my birth state for nearly 67 years. Being a “native” (in the sense of being born there) was part of my identity. Running that family business supported me and provided a sense of purpose and identity. I liked the mega-city where I was living and had friends and family there. Letting all that go was a big change.

Before last year, I had no interest in letting go of all those things. Rather, I had plans to build more and sink even deeper roots. But something changed. It became time to do something different, and, fortunately, I realized this.

Now I’m renting a small condominium in a much smaller, quieter city. The population of the entire state I’ve moved to is less than the population of the city in which I formerly lived. There are a lot of open spaces here and a more peaceful feeling. Now I have more time to be with myself and with those I love.

I’d imagined that letting go of my business-owner and state-native identities, and of all those things, would be uncomfortable; but this has not been the case. Actually, dropping those identities and the responsibilities has left me feeling lighter and freer.

In life, as in sailing, it’s essential to stop now and then and sense the direction of the wind. In life, this “wind” may be an internal current as well as external. In my case, an opportunity arose to sell the family business that made sense, and I also realized just how much I was ready for a change. The time seemed right. I made the change and am glad I did.


19 Dec 2021;
07:00PM - 08:00PM
Full Moon Meditation 2020