PJ here. I hope you’re all enjoying this fabulous stretch of weather. It’s going to reach 80 degrees here in New England on this first day of Spring–the earliest in 116 years according to the Farmer’s Almanac. I’m so tempted to bag all of my responsibilities and hang out in the garden all day or take off for the beach. But alas, since I am neither slacker nor without responsibilites today, I’ll be here pecking away at the keyboard for most of it.
That’s not to say I won’t get outside and enjoy some of the day. I’ll take the dog for his walk and later this afternoon, I’ll be heading to my sister-in-law’s house for her Equinox celebration this evening. There will be a campfire, a bit of story-telling, some singing, and a feast of wonderful and healthy eats. I could pass up on this delightful event in lieu of staying the course with the boatload of work I have to do, but I recognize that taking care of my mental, physical, and spiritual health will make me a much happier and more productive worker in the long run. And since I’m the boss, I insist!
My sister-in-law’s quarterly gatherings are a time of celebration and renewal that I have grown to appreciate and enjoy. She does a traditional Native American ceremony that is a powerful reminder of our connection and responsibility to the earth. It’s also a time to remind ourselves to take a moment to stop and celebrate the beauty of nature and reconnect with ourselves and each other.
So make sure you take a time-out today and smell the new life in the air, reconnect with nature, and celebrate the dawning of Spring.
What will you do to celebrate today?