Kierkegaard on Seasons

four-seasons1“The animal also changes with the years.  When it is older it has other desires than it had at an earlier age.  At certain times it, too, has its happiness in life, and at other times it must endure hardship.  Yes, when late autumn comes, even the flower can speak the wisdom of the years and say with truthfulness, ‘All has its time, there is a time to be born and a time to die; there is a time to jest lightheartedly in the spring breeze, and a time to break under the autumn storm; there is a time to burst forth into blossom, beside the running water, beloved by the stream, and a time to wither and be forgotten; a time to be sought out for one’s beauty, and a time to be unnoticed in one’s wretchedness; there is a time to be nursed with care, and a time to be cast out with contempt; there is a time to delight in the warmth of the morning sun and a time to perish in the night’s cold.  All has its time…”

- Soren Kierkegaard, Purity of Heart is to Will One Thing