Today, it is the Spring Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere. A time of rebirth. This marks the first day of the astronomical Spring. At this time of equinox the Sun shines directly on the equator and the length of day and night is nearly equal.
Even if you didn’t already know this, there is a sense in these recent mornings of something having changed or moved, as the sun rises. Its light shafts finger and stretch over a still chilly, but hopeful horizon, and bud shapes start to burst at the ends of brown twigs. No mistake then, that the Easter journey is unfolding at the same time, both outside and inside of us.
Let’s welcome it all. As every Spring arrives, it seems as if it is ‘the only Spring’, the one made especially for us. No two quite the same. We are different people as each Spring passes, and we journey through on its light and growth until the next one arrives.
It is that balance of light and dark that makes these moments so beautiful.
My work is loving the world.
Here the sunflowers, there the hummingbird—
equal seekers of sweetness.
Here the quickening yeast; there the blue plums.
Here the clam deep in the speckled sand.
Are my boots old? Is my coat torn?
Am I no longer young, and still not half-perfect? Let me
keep my mind on what matters,
which is my work,
which is mostly standing still and learning to be
~ Mary Oliver
This is also a timely reminder to look towards our ‘Care of the Earth’ and our part in it. World Earth Day 2018 is on Sunday 22nd April 2018. See: https://www.earthday.org/about/
Useful resources: Earth Day 2018 – Beyond A Throw Away Culture
(an extract above from Mary Oliver’s poem ‘Messenger’).