|Words and photo by F LoBuono|
It is Spring, as it always has been and, with the proper stewardship, always will be. Yet, at the same time, it's all new, all fresh. It's a NEW beginning. It is rebirth. It is resurrection. Persephone has returned to earth. Christ is risen. It's all about renewal - a chance for a fresh start; a chance, if you will, at immortality by being a part of the cycle of life. Man has tried to explain and, therefore, understand what it all means since he realized that he could think. The Mayans, The Egyptians, The Greeks, The Romans, The Chinese, The Tibetans, The Christians, The Jews, The Muslims, The Hindus, etc., etc., etc., ALL have myths and rituals based on the fact that our lives are very much like the seasons that, if we take the time to actually observe them, teach us that our own existence can be perfectly explained by them. It is as simple as it is beautiful. To everything, there is a season . . . turn, turn, turn.
I happen to enjoy the warmer weather over the cold. It better suits my Sicilian blood. After a long, hard winter (actually, many people would tell you that I'm this way after ANY winter), like this one, I find myself swearing to move to the Caribbean once again. As an islander, I love the idea of eventually moving to one - like Puerto Rico. And I believe that, eventually, I will move there. But I would miss the change in season. I understand that even the tropics have seasons, but I'm not sure that they provide the strong contrast and, therefore, message, that the change demonstrates here. I KNOW that I would miss that aspect of living where I do. But that's not happening this year, anyway!
So, my friends, no matter what you call it, or how you celebrate (or don't!) it, I hope that you will take a moment to at least observe this most wonderful season that we call Spring. All things become possible once again. Pause a second to sniff the air and feel its freshness. Tarry a second to listen to the birds that have returned to serenade you. Look for the signs that are all around you of life returning. May it fulfill its promise of a fresh start, a new beginning. May you have enjoyed many until this one with many more to come. But never take that as a given. The best way to enjoy this, or ANY season, is to treat it like it's you last. . .
editors note: This will be the last installment of Today's MOMENT OF ZEN. No, I'm not stopping the segment, I'm renaming it. I was hoping that the blog would get popular enough that Jon Stewart's people would notice that we both had segments called "Moment of Zen", and they would ask me to stop. Well, that hasn't happened - I should be so lucky - LOL! So, in the spirit of what I just wrote about a "fresh start", I've decided to rename the segment "MOZEN" - because I'm so damned clever. It's your "moment of zen" and "more zen" all rolled into one. Look for it.