March - A Time of Transition
Can you feel it? Spring is in the air! The light is overcoming the darkness as the days get longer.
March was named after the Roman god Mars, the god of war. And though traditionally it marked the beginning of the season of warfare, Metz and I choose to view it in a more modern, peaceful context.
January was a time to reflect on the past and look toward the future. February, a time to purify ones heart and mind in preparation for the coming year. March is the time to prepare physically for those goals one has set for the new year. To gather ones energy, to organize physical resources, to enlist the aid of other people, to rally the 'troops'. As we transition this month from the thinking and planning phase to the doing phase of the seasonal cycle of nature.
Unfortunately, we still live in a world where leaders still believe it is their right to wage warfare. They create chaos, pain and suffering, and an over all feeling of vulnerability. But that has been the norm throughout human history, not the exception. We have it within each of us to find our own path to cope with this upheaval and find our way into the light as our ancestors have done throughout human history.
Weep and grieve for the fallen, find ways to assist the invaded and find the strength to keep going forward, to keep living. In fact, I believe that we must keep living. The ultimate resistance to the chaos, the evil, to those who would rather us submit and give up. This applies to acts of violence on the global scale as it does to those happening locally in our schools and in our communities. Life brings all sorts of disruption and pain into our lives. The global pandemic is proof positive of this.
Plan for the future, make goals, work toward a better world. Be apart of the ever evolving human story by refusing to succumb to the darkness that you may find yourself in today. The ultimate form of rebellion is to let your light shine!
Recognizing that “[t]he Great War was the psychological turning point . . . for modernism as a whole,” author Modris Eksteins examines the lives of ordinary people, works of modern literature, and pivotal historical events to redefine the way we look at our past and toward our future.