“You can cut all the flowers, but you cannot keep spring from coming.”
Pablo Neruda, poet and Chilean diplomat
Good morning, friends! I hope you are having a great day so far, even if it’s just an hour or a minute old. Let’s waste no time; let’s get to it.
Today is my favorite day of the natural year, the vernal equinox. Bear with me for a couple of facts of the day. An equinox takes place when the Earth’s axis does not tilt toward or away from the sun. Also, equinoxes are the only two times a year when the sun rises due east and sets due west. Another, beginning today until the Autumnal equinox the sunlight period of days will continue to lengthen. And last, which I’m sure you knew, the vernal equinox in the Northern hemisphere is the first day of spring! Welcome spring!
The poet reminds us that spring comes with neither help from us nor hindrance by us. The seasons change on their regular course like clockwork; who can stop it? So many realities in our lives are equally imminent yet how often do we live in denial or avoidance? What good does such behavior do? Cutting all the flowers and killing all the buds doesn’t prevent the next season from coming but it does great damage to two seasons.
As I ride around these days I see smart farmers and gardeners tilling their fields and plots, straightening their supplies. Surely behind the scenes they have long sense ordered plants and seeds. They know the season is imminent and they prepare. Seasons are also imminent in our lives and though farmers we are not, caretakers of our lives we are. How are you preparing for the imminent experiences of your life? What prep work are you doing to thrive in the next season? What decisions need to be considered and made today to provide a harvest in your life tomorrow? Make hay, they say, while the sun shines. Good words for life. Welcome spring in nature and life! And happy spring to you!