Originally posted March 19, 2013, at Healing as a Sacred Path.Republished with permission of the author.
For me, this year the real meaning of March Madness is an endless winter that drives one to despair of ever seeing spring again. Like Beret in Rolvaag’s “Giants in the Earth,” sitting in her sod house out on the prairie enduring the long winter, from October to April, running out of food, exhausted by the raging blizzards, slowing losing her mind.
People are downright cranky about the long winter we are having in the Upper Midwest. We are so ready for spring — but it will be a while yet until we can see the crocuses coming up and other signs of spring — green grass, budding trees, songbirds, the warmth of the sun. What to do in the meantime?
Pretend it’s November snow instead of March and go outside and play.
No? How about this: Practice gratitude. Find something to be thankful for every day, whether you’re happy about it or not. Try to get some sun and air when you can. Being cooped up in low light brings a lot of people down in the best of winters. Christians and Jewish people can prepare for their spring religious holidays — Holy Week begins March 24 and Passover March 26.
What are your thoughts?
If all else fails, watch yourself some March Madness on TV!
Spring is coming — Believe!
Find a link to Karen Hanson’s blog Healing as a Sacred Path at Lutheran Blogs.