I feel lighter than usual; I feel lighter AND brighter. It could be because I have been working on my physical health; it could be because I will finally be reuniting with some of my students this weekend--it could be because of many things. Ultimately, the reason does not matter. What does matter is that a lightness and brightness has settled on my dented, damaged skull, and though I'm still not sleeping well, I have a general sense of renewal...or at least, can sense that renewal may be near.
Tomorrow is the last day of this elongated month--the first of any new year according to the English calendar. We begin the second of twelve on Monday--and as long as January is, February is just as short. I find that juxtaposition delightful; like a cosmic humor is being conveyed in some way. Many important people were born in February, including several foundational American leaders, my brother, and many, many, many of my loveliest friends. One is an actress, her red tresses long and flowing against her porcelain-perfect complexion; another is a young man on his way to becoming a healer; several others are amateur writers who once belonged to my Inklings group; another woman has been a dear and loyal friend for most of my adult life; yet another is young student of mine, turning the golden age of eighteen with equally golden hair and eyes; my brother is among the birthdays, he is to electronics, computers and all things mechanical what Mozart was to music; and of course, many, many others who are part of my family in one way or another-- Happy Birthday to you all! May each of you find your greatest wishes coming true now and throughout the year!
Another special day in February is of course, Valentine's Day. Ah, l'amour. Makes me think of Paris. Or Washington, when the cherry blossoms are in bloom. Or spring in Western New York, where cottonwood floats through the air creating an almost mythical feel amidst the lush trees.We always think of chocolate, too, of course. Heart-shaped cookies, roses, and engagement rings. In general, February, though in the midst of wintry fingers, is always associated with joyousness. Family members of mine were married in February--which seems counterintuitive in the Northeastern United States, but that day in 1994 was miraculous. The sun was bright and warm, the sky was blue and the temperature rose to 60 degrees! Perfect for a wedding. Destiny sometimes speaks loudly.
I'd like to wish you all a WONDERFUL, fruitful February! Let love in and with it, a positivity that can only enhance the success of whatever your endeavors may be.
And don't forget to check the "Pics!" page for some updated shots taken at the studio during the performing of the audio book!