The Druids, as with other ancient cultures, used their observations and understanding of the planting cycle and the cycle of the seasons to offer wise counsel on the order of all things.
WINTER – the time of SEEDING, of Potential and Possibility, of Beginnings. The seed beneath the Winter soil is excited by the spark of life, promising what is to come.
SPRING – the time of EMERGENCE. The passion for growth is nurtured by the warming Spring rain.
SUMMER – the time of MATURATION. Under the harsh glare of the Summer sun, the plant’s abundance requires some discipline and structure, laterals are pinched out and a trellis is erected, to ensure the best possible harvest (outcome).
AUTUMN – the time of MANIFESTATION. A time of completion, of Harvest. A time of satisfaction and reflection.
And the cycle goes on. We can choose DECAY or GENESIS, an ending or the planting of a new Seed.
LIVING TREEFULLY is an invaluable tool for supporting and managing the Cycle of Change and for creating Effective Teams in healthy organisations.
All projects start with initiative, idea, potential, big picture (Winter). The idea then needs some support and nurturing in order to discover its potential and help it grow (Spring). When it is ready, the project/idea must be given structure and subjected to intellectual rigour to make sure it can mature (Summer) and, finally, it must be practically completed (Autumn).
Unfortunately, in our western society, we almost always leave out nurture)and go straight to intellectual rigour before the poor idea has had a chance to be fed or, even worse, we go straight from Winter to Autumn, i.e. from idea to ‘do it’!