It’s rare for a song to move me emotionally, but ‘There Is A Time’ by the Dillards deeply moves me. It’s a beautiful song.
There is a time for love and laughter
The days will pass like summer storms
The winter wind will follow after
But there is love and love is warmThere is a time for us to wander
When time is young and so are we
The woods are greener over yonder
The path is new the world is freeThere is a time when leaves are fallin’The woods are gray the paths are oldThe snow will come when geese are callin’You need a fire against the coldSo do your roaming in the springtimeAnd you’ll find your love in the summer sunThe frost will come and bring the harvestAnd you can sleep when day is done
When you’re young, there always seems to be greener forests elsewhere, so you’re searching for that experience which will define and fulfill you. You search for the ideal partner, seek fulfillment through a career, dream of traveling to exotic locations, and look for your place in this world. That’s the time for love and laughter, but that will all pass like summer storms. As you get older, those paths that were once exciting when you were young are now well worn; things are colder. Those green woods are now turning brown and the leaves are falling. You can’t wander forever. You do that in the springtime, but there comes a time to finally end the search, regardless of whether you’ve found what you were after or not. Winter is setting in and you’ll have to find your inner fire. You must take what the world has given you and use it to express a deep love that comes from within, no longer relying on outer experience to define and control your happiness. That’s the natural progression. At first you seek outward and explore, and you do that for a season, but then it’s time to return inward. That’s the cycle of growth.