Reflections from the Board

Reflections from the Board

Kurt Gaetano, UUCW President

“April hath put a spirit of youth in everything.”  ~ William Shakespeare

As I write this we are coming up on Earth Day, and the 2018 river cleanup and spring is still trying to escape the icy grip of winter still clinging to the earth in these parts. Spring is so close, and I am so anxious to be outside in the warm sunshine, and the longer days are so close at hand.

Springtime… That magical time of year when the earth comes alive with new growth… new generations of wildlife emerge for their first sight of the new world around them… the world starts to turn green with the beginnings of plant growth putting down their roots, and preparing to put out new foliage and spread new leaves to seek the warmth and energy of the sun and start the cycle of life all over again.

This is the magic of creation around us. The earth re-creates itself every springtime, and the cycle of life continues, and it is amazing and wonderful to witness the cycles and natural rhythms of the earth.

Just as sure as the world can be bleak and dreary, a cold and inhospitable place in the dark, dead of winter, new life is waiting just under the surface, waiting for the right moment to burst forth and revel in the sun’s warmth in the coming spring.

However you choose to think about it, whether you view it in a purely scientific way, or you see it in a more spiritual sense, the transformation the earth goes through each spring is an amazing and inspirational process.

We, too, have cycles and rhythms to our lives and to our growth process. What better time of year to introduce some “new growth” to our own lives.

It is time for us to emerge from the “dark days” of winter, shake off the cold, and let the rebirth around us spark our own creativity to help us grow, tackle our problems, and move forward. This is a time for transformation and change; a change from darkness to light; from cold to warmth; from the grey of winter to the bursts of color of spring.

Our own creativity is what we employ to find solutions and answers to our problems. It is needed most when we have a need or desire to accomplish something, but we don’t know how to get it done. We may have a dream or a vision of how something could or should be.

Creativity can sometimes be difficult to find. Like the elusive and delicate butterfly, the more you chase creativity, the more it will elude you. You can’t force it, you just need to provide the right conditions and it will come to you.

Let us use the coming of the new spring on the earth be an inspiration to us to unleash our own creativity.

“Creativity arises out of the tension between spontaneity and limitations, the latter (like the river banks) forcing the spontaneity into the various forms which are essential to the work of art or poem.”  ~ Rollo May

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