Thursday, 6 March 2014

LENT 2014 Religious or Not, More Light: Reading the Signs

I have had a long and running conversation, mostly with myself, about these 40+ days that begin in the liturgical calendar with Ash Wednesday, just after Shrove or Fat Tuesday, and continue until just before Easter.  Historically this was a time of fasting and prayer in the organized church, a penitential season of spiritual preparation for one of the highest holy days in the Christian church.

In the northern hemisphere, the Easter season was most often associated with Spring.  But what about the southern half of the world?  What those of us who live up north can agree on is that Lent signals the lengthening of days and the longer hours of daylight are as much a harbinger of Spring as the first robin used to be in some places.  Sunrise is just a little earlier each day and sunset a little later. 

As I follow the sun and the seasons with more than passing interest, the vernal equinox reminds me of the continuing need to keep things in balance and to make the necessary adjustments in order to do so.  And because we are on the road a lot, I check the weather more frequently to know what lies ahead, both where we are as well as where we are going.  Now, take that as a metaphor for your work and see how you measure the vital signs of your own environment. 

One of my favorite weather web sites is weather underground which is really above ground but never mind that.  Here it is:  The other one, complete with maps, forecasts and real time radar is and all you need to do is put in your zip code or name of city to check out where you are or where you’re going.  We can now decide where or where not to go based on what lies ahead.  See how that might apply given where you are and what you are doing.

How do you read the signs along the way?  Need to make any adjustments?  Have a plan?

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