As winter was ending, I felt that I had experienced enough of it, like most of the people I encountered. One of my employees had a daily countdown to spring on her wall that gave everyone in the office hope for the warmer, sunnier days ahead. The last day of winter was warm and sunny but, unfortunately, it was short lived. The first day of spring felt like winter. And today it’s snowing!
Though my ideal state is to experience sunny weather every day, I decided to rely on Chinese philosophy to get me though these less than desirable conditions. I thought about yin yang and the interconnection between contrary forces. Perhaps one of the lessons for me at this time is to embrace the reality that in the midwest, every day cannot be sunny and that all living things need darkness and light to keep in step with circadian rhythms.
I decided that I would consider the antithesis positively and embrace the forces at work to achieve balance. When I think of balance, I conjure an image of mobiles, which display even distributions of weight to establish steadiness. Stable and strong are akin to balance. These words bring positive associations to my mind about the type of person I aspire to be, regardless of the circumstances.
According to the History Channel, “an equinox occurs at the moment when the Earth’s axis doesn’t tilt toward or away from the sun. The day of the equinox is also the only time when the sun truly rises due east and sets due west. During the vernal or spring equinox, the amount of daylight and darkness is nearly the same in length.”