Meditation at Equinox: A Job Seeker’s Rite of Spring

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Spring approaches! Having made the daylight time adjustment (hopefully) we are sidetracked with wonder at the outburst of color and life everywhere. Personally, I begin dreaming in the Aisles of Michael’s Craft Store and  dive into a little “default activity”: crafting spring-themed wreathes and arrangements to cheer myself up after the seemingly endless grayness of the past season. Sometime during the week of St. Patrick’s Day, I clean out my closets and put my warm  winter interviewing suit away for the season (it’s one of those personal  rituals that helps me keep track of the passage of time without the artificial fixtures–like counting down the days to vacation– usually given by employment. Creating these personal time keepers is one of the other things that happen after 1/2 year of non-employment).

It is time to quicken winter’s snow-encumbered pace; to clear away the winter-kill of past failed projects; to lay out  new gardens and plant fresh seed of an effective search. Last season’ lessons  informs this season’s efforts. Some ancient cultures called this “horse back season” too, because it begins the time when plans for conquest and acquisition laid in winter’s cold can now be acted upon. A few centuries ago, a land owner would ride throughout the property to review the condition of the real estate holdings while collecting rents in person. Battles were scheduled to be fought. So it is with the job hunt.

Equinox is a point in the cycle of the year where the hours of  daylight and darkness balance. From that point, the light advances, becoming longer and stronger into the decadent  high productivity days of summer. If there was any time to “work your plan” this is it. Taking a lesson from the early rising bees, we know in our aching bones that all the hard work will pay off somehow at harvest time.

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Beloved Eire


4 thoughts on “Meditation at Equinox: A Job Seeker’s Rite of Spring

  1. One of the advantages of living in Hawaii is not having to come out of the “seemingly endless grey season.” There is no grey. When it is always summer, the colors are always vibrant. The sun is always shining. We sit about half way between the Northern hemisphere, where spring is beginning and the Southern hemisphere, where this is the beginning of autumn. Our high temperatures only differ about eight degrees throughout the year and our sunlight by about an hour.

    So we only need one set of clothes and one attitude. We have a saying here: “Lucky live Hawaii.”

    Kay in Honolulu


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