|Monty and I admiring daffodils at Kowhai Park.|
Today is Imbolc, or First Light, the mid point between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox. Officially, winter has another month to go here in New Zealand; but right now you'd never know it. Spring is bursting out every where - warm north-west breezes blowing, daffodils blooming, birds singing, and daylight lengthening.
This is my one day off work this week, and I lay in bed this morning and thought of all the things I should be doing: you know, cleaning-the-bathroom-type things. Then I remembered it was Imbolc, and instead decided I would do the bare necessities of SHOULD today, and no more. I do far too much SHOULD.
As if to emphasise my decision, my body has gone out in protest. Doing almost anything - including hooping!! - makes the muscles in my back, neck, shoulders and arms spasm painfully. This is probably the result of too much work and study. I really need a massage and some serious relaxation.
So I have spent most of today doing very little, and it's been most enjoyable [despite the nagging voice telling me how lazy I am]. The best part of the day so far has been walking with Monty through the trees and daffodils and sunshine of Kowhai Park. Tonight I'm looking forward to having a hot bath to try and ease my aching body.
I want more of this. I don't want to slack off from my responsibilities, but I do want more fresh air and relaxation in my life. It's nearly spring - what better time is there for fresh air and relaxation???