Last week I took a book off my shelf and began reading it. Virtually every page spoke to me. Insightful and challenging, it was difficult to put it down. The funny thing was the book had been on my shelf for some years. When I first read it I found it to be rather boring and simply put it back. Something had happened to me between reads. It seemed I was now ready to receive what the book offered.
I suspect much in life has to do with growing in to readiness. Have you ever noticed how when we’re not ready for some kind of change or reception of something, we can do what we like and it simply won’t happen. Come the moment of readiness and it all seems to fall in to place, it just naturally happens.
I think discerning readiness is one of life’s great arts. It lubricates and dissolves much frustration and impatience. No wonder Shakespeare in King Lear said, “Ripeness is all.”