Peace Prayer of St. Francis:
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace: where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy.
ODE TO MARCH
April showers bring May flowers, but what about March?
We are reminded to return to nostalgia, tradition, nature as we anticipate the celebrations to come and the changing of the seasons. Shakespeare would have us “beware the Ides of March,” but instead, there are some things to look forward to that make March a great time of the year minus the mud. April showers bring May flowers, but what about March? March is an in-between month and the final winter month with spring just around the corner.
March is officially Women’s History Month and on March 8th, we will celebrate International Women’s Day, a day set aside to appreciate the progress of women’s rights and the outstanding achievements of women from around the world. March is also a time of reflection, faith, and tradition for many as Ash Wednesday opens Lent, a season of fasting and prayer marking 46 days before Easter Sunday. We finally ‘Spring Forward’ on the 13th bringing extra sunshine to our days. Followed by the celebration of all things Irish on the 17th with the Worm full moon on the 18th and then officially becoming spring on the 20th of this month at 11:33 am to be precise.
It is a month of transition, where we begin to shake off the lethargy of the winter and begin to plan for the glorious coming of spring yet again. Moments to come where we hear the first birdsong of spring or find the first sprout in our garden. It is a time of rebirth as we bid farewell to winter and so much to look forward to.
As with every month, March is an excellent time to explore our beautiful region. Be sure to find some time in your day to enjoy an afternoon walk/hike, leave your devices behind and catch the signs of spring’s coming approach.