"It is a sad reflection when summer has passed and one has to wait another year for its glorious return. Far sadder still to have lived through summer without tasting its delights and not seeing it in all its natural splendour. What a waste of a summer! What a waste of a life!
Yet living one's span of life is not too different. If we go about our life being unaware of the presence of others in it and of their significance to our state of wellbeing, then all we do is to take their nectar and keep it to ourselves. We become trapped in our own world of selfishness and never learn the true benefit of sharing the common seed. We become hermits of humanity.
Unlike the busy bee who collects pollen in the flower of the stamen, and who along with the birds and other creatures help spread the seed far and wide for the benefit of all, selfishness and isolation starts to store up bitterness, resentment and permanent regret in the human hermit.
Such hermits live through their youth, adulthood, middle years and old age, having greatly missed out life's meat of their sandwich in between. By failing to connect to their family, neighbours, friends and world around them, they have failed to marry the seasons of their existence. Their summers are too hot, their autumns too windy and their winters too cold. As for spring, it came and went before they noticed its passing!
So it is with their existence; one day they wake up in the autumn of their days; they suddenly realise that life has passed them by and that summer will never come again.
The very best way; indeed the only way, for any individual not to regret the passing of a summer, is to truly enjoy it by being an active part of it! So, while the birds and the bees do their bit to spread the goodness around, then do no less with your fellow man and connect with the seasons of your life." William Forde: 27th, 2015.