I finished writing this blog early last week. As the days went by and our lives were changing at warp speed, I felt strongly that I needed to speak about it.
We all are going through very worrisome, fearful, difficult times in our planet’s history. Covid-19 is a world wide crisis. Due to the uncertainty and unknown, many of us may be feeling anxiety, panic, fear. We are experiencing a concentrated version of the uncertainty and change that has always been a part of life. Anxiety is usually about the future, not knowing what tomorrow will bring. A better question is, how are we right now? Do we have enough right now. We can prepare for what might be, yet focus on the now. These “interesting times” are also creatives times. Perhaps putting our energy into our resources, community, helping others; perhaps, how we adapt (which might be the key) to the ongoing change and uncertainty; perhaps, as we can stay in the now, see opportunity, find a little levity, we will feel more of a sense of calm, stability and even a modicum of happiness.
Moving on. March has a myriad of noteworthy days and events. I would like to focus on Friday March 20. March 20 presents us with 3 awesome events. Actually, one of these events occurs just before and the other just after the 20th. Last year they were all on the 20th so I am taking literary license to lump them together again.
The first is the one most of us have been looking forward to. It is the Vernal Equinox which is also the first day of Spring 2020. To be precise, the first day of Spring begins on the 19th at 11:50 pm. It’s so close to midnight we can say the 20th is the first day. An interesting fact is this year is the earliest Spring Equinox in 124 years. How this happens can easily be found in the Farmers Almanac or elsewhere on Google. My preference is to consider what else this is about. Spring is hope, opportunity, rebirth on so many levels. The sun has come out of it’s winter retreat and is with us on a more regular basis. The air is fresher, especially after a spring rain. Gardens are being tilled. It seems like everyone and everything has come out of the woodwork into the light. There is a feeling of infinite possibility.
The second is International Earth Day on March 22. This is becoming more important with each passing year considering the existential threat of climate change. The web site earthday.org has excellent information on all the contributors to the devastation of our planet and what we can do. An example: “Food waste is an enormous ‘hidden’ contributor to climate change. In fact, if global food waste were a country, it would be the third largest greenhouse gas emitter, behind China and the U.S. The carbon footprint of this wasted food is about 3.3 billion tons of CO2. Luckily, there has never been a better time to join efforts to reduce our carbon footprint through food choices. Enjoy more plant-based meals, reduce your food waste altogether, and compost your food scraps.”
The third event may be my favorite. It is the United Nations International Day of Happiness which is on March 20. It is all about spreading happiness. Spreading happiness comes in many forms and takes such little effort. Some examples: smiles, random acts of kindness, lend a helping hand, offer compliments, give thanks and show appreciation, let those you care about know how much they mean to you, phone someone you haven’t connected with in awhile and let them know you are thinking about them. The list is endless. That said, stay safe, optimistic and calm.