It feels to me that the past few months of winter, with their relentless cold and storms, have been especially soul wearing this year. And I know from talking to others that I’m not the only one who’d felt that way. As I joked with a friend, if it weren’t for deadlines I don’t think I’d have gotten anything done during that time.
One of the problems with winter in our culture, is that we try to keep so busy during it. Frenetically pursuing to do lists and tasks that require energy better suited to spring and summer. When instead we should be spending our time quieting down, conserving ourselves and perhaps looking within – more being and less doing. And working so hard against that seasonal pull can be especially draining (part of the reason I took a break from blogging and was very light on the social media front as well, but I’ll write about that another time.)
But at last it is spring. The days grow longer and temperatures rise bit by bit. (Or if you live in New England the weather see-saws between seasons in a way that is almost manic depressive in its energy!) To me, now is the time to break out the to do lists as your energies rise with the season – not January 1 – when the days grow shorter and weather becomes so challenging!
The beginning of this month was April Fool’s Day. I’m not much of a prankster, but, for me, I think of the spirit of the day is less in the notion of playing jokes or pranks as it is in sharing joy and laughter. Remembering fun and to enjoy things – to lighten up. Making that transition from the dark days and introspection – really a re-birth and very keeping in the spirit of spring. And let’s not forget Easter time with all of its symbolism about rebirth!
Now take that rebirth energy go and make your to do list and change your life for the better but not in some somber task, work, work, work way – instead take the time to laugh and reconnect with that sense of fun.
As Oscar Wilde said:
“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.”
Or in a more fun take, here’s one of my favorite Buddhist jokes:
The Buddhist hands the vendor a five. The vendor gives the Buddhist the hot dog. The Buddhist stands there waiting for change. The vendor shakes her head and says, “Change comes from within.”
So it’s Spring: Be reborn, embrace changes and most importantly ENJOY EVERYTHING!