timing is everything


Last month I was driving on the freeway in intermittent rain when an intense double rainbow appeared. As I drove closer I was able to see the lower arc in its entirety. Moments later it began to fade and then was gone. It was one of those instances when you know you’ve just happened to be in the right place at the right time to catch something magical.

That moment got me thinking about the old saying “timing is everything.” No one knows this more than a gardener–getting a crop planted too early or too late or having an untimely frost–sometimes success or failure comes down to nothing more than timing. From day to day, month to month, year to year. Of course beyond the garden I’ve also bandied the phrase around many times in regards to personal relationships–when something didn’t work out it was easy to chalk it up to the timing being off.

But somehow even with knowing and using this phrase in so many
situations for so many years, I’m not sure I ever felt it’s full potency
until recently. I’ve become acutely aware of how so many things in our lives truly do boil down to a simple matter of timing. There are so many things you cannot plan for or force; you just have to leave it all up to time. Whether it’s being in the right place (or the right mindset) at the right time, or just allowing the time that healing takes, or the time to get to know someone or yourself. Everything is on its own schedule and we are just along for the ride.

As I sit here today I think about where I was on this day last year--planting rueplants and frankly, in a lot of personal pain. What a difference a year makes. Not because of anything I’ve done or anywhere I’ve been, just because of time.

Timing is everything!