|Posted by ceciliacapers on September 20, 2013 at 5:35 PM|
By Cecilia T. Capers (September 20, 2013)
I can hardly believe how quickly summer is over. In two days the fall equinox will occur. Equinox is Latin for "equal night" and refers to equal hours of day and night. There is slightly more sunlight for regions near the equator and the poles. This year, the sun will move along the celestial equator at 4:44 p.m. EST on Sunday, September 22nd ushering in fall for the northern hemisphere and spring for the southern hemisphere. This magnificent event of changing seasons presents a great opportunity to evaluate the goals we set for ourselves at the beginning of 2013.
It is fairly safe to say that most of us have not fulfilled every goal we set for ourselves when we made our New Year's resolutions. Instead of kicking ourselves that we did not achieve our ideal weight, become the sales leader on our team, or spend more time with family and friends, we should focus on the things we accomplished that made us and the people we love happy. Twice per year during the spring and fall equinoxes nature reminds us that balancing our personal lives is important to sustain order. Just as the fall equinox will divide daylight and night into equal parts, we need to equaly divide the things that are important to us versus the things we should not sweat about.
On Sunday, people in the northern hemisphere will fall into the fall season while our friends in the southern hemisphere embrace spring. Symbolically, the transition of seasons is also a natural reminder that all of us go through seasons in our life experiences. There will be intervals when we are basking in the sun of success while others are going through a cold season lacking growth. Then a change might occur when our days fell as though we are going through the coldest winter of our spiritual lives. During those times, we cannot fret. Instead, wait and have faith during the transition period.
So let's fall into fall embracing a new season in our lives with purpose and optimism. Nature is ready to remind us it is the right thing to do.