It’s that time of year again, the vernal equinox, when night and day are nearly the same length. In Latin, ver means “spring” and equinox means “equal night.” And while there’s a fall equinox, only in spring does the sun cross the equator moving northward, on the up, you might say.
This time of year means different things to different people. For example, college students, who spend the week between terms partying, call it Spring Break; while Christians think more along the lines of the resurrection of Christ. Jews celebrate Passover, while florists rejoice at the sudden surge of flower sales.
Of course, children become obsessed with candy-filled Easter baskets, colored eggs and a mystical bunny that hides eggs for them to hunt; while those with hay fever are basket cases, thinking only of Claritin and Benadryl.
All versions of spring are valid, including spring cleaning and spring fever. The former may mean cleaning your home top to bottom, getting your taxes done or reevaluating your Facebook friend list, and deleting those people you can’t remember “friending” in the first place.
Spring fever may show up as listlessness, restlessness, loss of appetite, intense nervous excitement and insomnia. But those could just be symptoms of wanting desperately for summer to arrive.
Regardless of what vernal equinox means to each of us, one constant is that winter is its prelude. In spring, we temporarily say goodbye to cold weather and watch the snowmen melt, their carrot noses nibbled by rabbits that may or may not be related to the mystical egg-hiding bunny.
In every season, we should greet the day with a spring in our step, springing forward with optimism and hope.
We should spring into action when help is needed, and use each day as a springboard to launch us closer to our dreams. Remember, an attitude of gratitude goes a long way in winter, spring, summer and fall.
If your mattress springs poke you, turn it over to see if it feels any better. If not, chuck the thing. Same with your life: See what might be poking you and causing discomfort, and let it go, like the soft petals of a dandelion head in a March wind.
Happy spring everyone!
by Geri Jewell
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