Here are some reassuring signs in my neck of the woods:
· Sprouting crocuses advertising soon-to-come flowers
· Unsightly snow piles melting away from our driveways and parking lots
· Patches of green grass growing after shouldering the weight of winter snow
· Birds chirping sweetly and skunks spraying offensively
· Weekend home improvement projects on the rise
The spring equinox, when day and night are roughly the same length, prompts me to think about balance, not just for this astrophysical phenomenon, but for my own personal well being. How do I strive for balance in aspects of my own life? What tends to tip me off balance? Do I recognize and acknowledge that the darkness of night is a prerequisite to the light of day?
When the weather warms, I’ll tidy up my tiny garden to show respect for the earth that patiently persevered through this harsh winter. I know the tulips and daffodils are also waiting to explode their perennial presence to adorn our spring. As the seasons change today, I’m reminded of the late Pete Seeger’s song, "Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season)": To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven. He set these biblical verses to music with added title and refrain: “Turn, Turn, Turn.” To turn, we must move away from and toward. Be assured spring, I am moving toward you in body, mind and spirit.