— Fred Rogers (Mister Rogers), American children’s television host
As I was picking up the peaches on Saturday, I thought of the stories that Jesus told about the mustard seed. It occurred to me how well he understood nature. The key to nature is waste. You’ve got to waste in order to harvest. Waste ninety-nine seeds for the sake of one that may come up, and when it does come up, the tiny little thing you dropped in the ground is multiplied a hundred times. Of course, what I need is not peaches, but time—minutes, hours, and days. Time is what I’m short of, and I sometimes imagine being given an occasional week with eight days so that I can catch up on everything. But I know perfectly well that a week later I’d he just as far behind as before.
Dorothy Day’s friend Peter Maurin, the French socialist, told her when she was complaining about not having enough time, ‘To make time, you must sow time.’ Dorothy Day wrote in her journal, ‘In other words, throw it away. It must seem madness to throw that first wheat away, but more wheat grew up a hundred fold.
What are you short of? Time? Money? Power? Whatever you need, throw it away. Drop it, toss it, chuck it, lose it. And get ready for a harvest. No, its not a sure thing. Nothing’s sure-neither the stock market nor the Red Sox nor life. The harvest that comes may not he the one you expect. But it might be the one you need.
— Carl Scovel, Never Far from Home, Stories from the Radio Pulpit
Gordon McKeeman, Unitarian Universalist minister
(Delivered at the Unitarian Universalist Association General Assembly, Charlotte, North Carolina, June 24, 1993, as recorded on the UUA web site www.uua.org)