Engaging with and appreciating both the ebb and flow of the cycles of life is crucial to really get the value and meaning of it all. Tara Sophia Mohr says it beautifully in 'The Rhythm'. (From her book: Your Other Names):
In any creative feat
(By which i mean your work, your art, your life)
There will be downtimes.
Or so it seems.
Just as the earth is busy before the harvest
and a baby grows before its birth
there is no silence in you
There is no time of nothingness.
during the quiet times
when the idea flow is hushed and hard to find
you trusted (and yes i mean trusted)
that the well was filling, the waters moving?
What if you trusted
that for the rest of eternity,
without prodding, without self-discipline,
without getting over being yourself,
you would be gifted every ounce of productivity you need?
What would leave you? What would open?
And what if during the quiet times you ate great meals
and leaned back to smile at the stars,
and saw them there, as they always are
There are seasons and harvest,
Is only a fraction of them.
There is the rhythm that made everything.
The next time you stand in the kitchen, leaning,
the next time a moment of silence catches you there,
hear it, that rhythm, and let it place a stone in your spine.
Let it bring you some place beautiful