Today is the Autumnal Equinox. Like most days with funny names, the Equinox comes and goes without much thought. The Equinox is a moment in time when the tilt of the earth and the orbit around the sun combine to make the Northern and Southern hemispheres receive exactly the same light from the sun. It’s also when the day and night are perfectly matched in duration.
I remember as a child trying to balance an egg on its head hoping it would stay upright. Looking back it could have been a clever teacher ploy to keep us kids quiet and busy.
Now, as an adult with an abundance of quiet time to think, the equinox is a symbol of balance. The Earth and the Sun, with all of their atmospheric moving parts, have found at least two days in a year to be in hemispheric balance. Often times, it seems like two days of balance is a lot to ask of us, but really, the choice is always ours.
Me, I am always working and trying to improve. Even in the quiet fields I am thinking of ways to grow better organic vegetables, how to make my customers happier, and ways to offer more products. It’s a never-ending mental treadmill, and it’s far from being in balance. I have to make a conscious effort to get lost in the moment and to enjoy the task at hand, however mundane, for what it is and for what it offers. In the quietude lives the infinite, I remind myself.
You, I’m sure experience the urban version of the farmer treadmill. Different in content, but exactly the same in sensation…the feeling that there is just too much to do.
In a lot of ways the egg exercise in 8th grade earth science is a metaphor for life. It takes a lot of effort to find balance, perhaps it may even be impossible, but without attempting to find balance, even for a few minutes a week, we crack, just like an egg. Wow, Mr Petrizzi was like Yoda, and I just realized!