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I am not a fan of February. There is still some momentum from Christmas and New Year that gets us through January. By the time we get deep into this month the going gets a lot harder. There is one redeeming feature about February and that it usually only has 28 days!
Mind you, I wish our moods were not at the mercy of the seasons as much as they are. When spring is in the air you do feel that something is happening. When summer suns are glowing you can find yourself remarkably happy. When autumn leaves fall you can start to think how old you have become. Winter can get you quite down with you just popping your head up for the merry festivals.
However there is a rhythm to the seasons and if you can’t beat them perhaps it makes more sense to join them. A wee bit planning now can get you ready to plant something for spring. I myself am trying to think of what projects to aim for this year. And summer should have some lazy days planned for just enjoying life. A bit of travel in autumn feels right or something that keeps you on the move at least. Winter is about recovery and rest though with Christmas and New Year about that takes serious planning.
All of this goes against the 24/7 lifestyle that is now expected. A world driven by the grip of ‘cities that do not sleep’ and have their own busy way of doing things that takes no heed of the seasons. But to be at peace with where we live and to enjoy the freedom that we have – we would do well to go with the ebb and flow all around us.
Reverend John Paton
North Mull Parishes