The cherry blossom festival in Washington DC is in full swing. Having suffered the cold of winter, the trees began to bud in early March and with some warmer weather, the famed cherry trees will be in glorious bloom for the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade on April 13.
When we can empathize or sympathize with others in their winter times, we nurture them so that they may eventually enjoy a glorious spring.
Long before Mother’s Day, the trees will lose their blossoms to make way for the fresh green leaves that will feed the tree through summer and prepare it to survive the next winter.
We all experience seasons in our lives. Our lives suddenly turn cold with grief or hardship, or gradually chill over time under a sustained assault of addiction or neglect for ourselves. Continue reading
Wednesday, March 20, is the Vernal equinox, the official start of spring in the northern hemisphere marking the time when nature’s life cycle begins anew.
Embrace the promise of the spring to come but don’t ignore the present
For many of us, it’s a time for renewed or fresh intentions to get in better shape, lose a few pounds, make plans for the summer. It’s time to finish the projects around the house that we put on the list back when it seemed winter would stretch on relentlessly, and we had nothing but time.
Now we have to hustle to get them done so that we can tackle the springtime projects.
If you’re like me, you depend upon a global positioning system to help you get around in unfamiliar places. I have one in my car, and another one on my phone. GPS applications have a nifty feature – or an annoying habit, depending on your point of view – of adjusting for driving errors on the fly. While the GPS is making an adjustment, it matter-of-factly intones: “Recalculating.”
Our GPS for life, the one that always helps us find Doing Right, is the moral compass that is deep within us.
We all say we want to do the right thing. And for the most part, we mean it, even when we’re not sure what is right. Continue reading