I’m sitting here in my dining room looking out at the beautiful snowstorm raging on and it reminds me of when I had bronchitis many years ago. It hung on forever, much like this winter. Finally, I decided to ignore the discomfort, the coughing, the lack of energy, and pretend it was all better. I acted as though I was already healed, before it happened. And it worked! Instead of coddling myself, making sure I was getting extra naps, drinking lots of tea, blah, blah, blah, I just got up, acted energetically, went about my usual business, and right away, I felt better. It seemed as though the symptoms only had the upper hand while I acknowledged them. (Word of caution, I’m a gardener, not a doctor, so I’m not actually giving out medical advice here. Plus, everyone knows there’s a certain kind of crazy that runs through my family. Usually, it’s the “you-know-your-lights-aren’t-on, where’d-you-get-that-dress?, your-hair-looks-funny, put-on-a-hat, this-soup-needs-something” kind of “crazy”, but still…)
I think you get where I’m going with this. If all of us, here in cold, blustery Canada, pretend it’s not happening, Zeus will have to meekly put away his thunderbolts and let Mother Nature take her course. Believe it or not, we are inching our faces towards the sun. We’re getting more light, the warmth is there, we just can’t feel it yet.
Everyone will have to decide for him/herself what form this embracing-spring-before-it-happens will take. For some, it will be bringing out the bike on a day like today, preferably while whistling; others may want to put their bathing suits and flip-flops on and get in the backyard hot tub; for some it will be simply putting on a light spring jacket instead of the parka that the weather seems to call for. Anyway, use your imagination, these are only a few ideas I’m throwing out there. The point is that the strength of the collective consciousness is called for in this situation. Everyone has to do their bit!
As for me, this is what I have planned:
Some people had trouble with the link to the song I posted yesterday, so I’m going to post another version, because I don’t think Stéphanie Laliberté’s version is on Youtube. Here’s Rita Reys and Pim Jacobs instead. I liked this very much, but it’s a little less upbeat than Stéphanie’s version.
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