Everything is Accomplished

Nature doesn’t hurry, yet everything is accomplished.
— Lao Tzu

I've seen this little proverb roughly a million times, but this week as I've tried to catch the momentum from the New Year energy, it has been the mantra that returns to me when I get frustrated about where I am and where I think I should be instead. The words just keep smacking themselves up against my thoughts; bouncing around my skull like small children who want your attention so they just keep making noise until you either meet the need or create sufficient distraction.

My response this week has been mostly to try and create distractions because there is a lot that I want to either hurry up and receive or hurry up and get on to the next thing. I wonder what it would mean to my day, my week, my work, my goals, if I stopped trying to hurry everything along.

What can I learn from Nature in this Winter Season about what it means to not hurry and still get everything accomplished? Does "everything" mean something different to Nature than it does to humans? What does it mean in the life of a human to lie fallow? Can I trust that all will be accomplished?