Quick Dip

The Harvest Quick Dip

Do you feel both urged from within to enter into a harvesting period and reluctant to begin anything that you feel concerned about finding time for in your busy life?  Good news – harvesting does not require lengthy or consistent chunks of time or a foreseeable conclusion.  Harvesting is a way of seeing and reflecting upon your life and world with a new focus.

Literally, to harvest is to gather, sort, and prepare.  Can you gather your own personal thoughts on the way to work in the morning or as you relax into sleep?  Perhaps you create an opportunity to walk or stroll most days, even if for only 10 minutes – what an ideal time to gather your thoughts.  If you view your past and current life from the perspective of your future, you may find many ways that you can sort your experiences, skills, talents, and longings into stepping stones towards new endeavors.  Just framing your present as a transition to some new season will prepare you to create change.  It can be that simple!

If you own a copy of Harvest the Bounty of Your Career and have yet to immerse yourself because you can’t seem to find the time, try taking some quick dips just to stimulate the harvesting mind set.  Open to the pages of art and let the colors and evocative images work their magic without even thinking about it.  Turn to a particular chapter that appeals to you and just enjoy the quotes.

If you’d like to more systematically dip into the book and experience some high points, use this listing of brief readings.  These will give you the essence of the book, and may be the first or a continuing round of your ongoing spiral through career/ life review and midlife transition.

Read any or all of the sections listed below with page numbers. The pages that are asterisked are also compiled as a complete question set on pages 166-167.  Enjoy!

Section, pages

  • The Bounty: Surveying the Wordscape, 10–13
  • The Bounty: An autumn vs. The Autumn, 13–18
  • Harvest page 28: 2nd and 3rd paragraphs, 28
  • To Harvest: Experience Yourself as a Tree Imaginatively, 38–39
  • Roots: skim Anchoring, 47+
  • Roots: skim Nourishing, 50+
  • Roots Acorns ‘Ask Yourself’ Questions,* 54
  • Branches: skim Extending, 65+
  • Branches: skim Shaping, 68+
  • Branches Acorns ‘Ask Yourself’ Questions,* 72
  • Fruits: skim Ripening, 80+
  • Fruits: skim Reaping, 86+
  • Fruits Acorns ‘Ask Yourself’ Questions,* 90
  • Seeds: skim Culminating, 99+
  • Seeds: skim Cultivating, 101+
  • Seeds Acorns ‘Ask Yourself’ Questions,* 105
  • Your Harvest: skim Gathering, 112+
  • Your Harvest: skim Preparing, 117+
  • Your Harvest: the 10 exhale, inhale questions,* 123
  • Four-Part Harmony of a Woman’s Life Cycle, 136
  • Life Cycle Narrative Journaling Experiences: 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th questions,* 147

* or Question Sets by Chapter/Session/Theme, 165–167

Leaf through any or all of the pages:

What quotes catch your attention?

What art catches your eye?

What paragraphs pop out?