On all the time

The fallow field. It grows weeds. It looks like it’s doing nothing.

Meanwhile we feel the pressure to be “on” all the time.

Nervous about whether people would expect him to be funny while casually mingling before a private event, late stand-up comedian Mitch Hedberg wrote, “The space shuttle soars through space. But most of the time it’s parked. Maybe on a launch pad. It is still the space shuttle. You can’t dis it because it’s resting.”

It may look like it’s doing nothing, but the fallow field is renewing and deepening its reserves in secret. If forced to produce a crop year after year, the ground gives out. In stillness it prepares for the growing season and the time of harvest.

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