Currently the constellation Leo is marching it's way to the meridian. Later as March comes to a close; Aries will begin to rise. "In like a lion and out like a lamb" lends a astronomical reference to the popular North American idiom. Here in Newfoundland historically it was known as the "hungry month of March";as winter supplies dwindled. As I sat on the ice shelf after a relaxing paddle out to the headland of Hopeall; I couldn't help but take a moment to view life through eyes of that time. Light headed, weak, hunger pangs. Desperate. Having had poor to zero relations with the Beothuks the earlier settlers of Newfoundland didn't have the knowledge to survive here as many early settlers elsewhere in North America. They didn't know the abundance of edible plants to eat and store. Instead they depended on their March maggoty butter and crossing fingers that the ice flows would not keep their merchant ships out till late April. A rough existence.
Sometimes its in those kind of places I draw upon to appreciate the relaxation of my present moment. Warm, fed, living a life of security. It's in these secure times when these needs are met; where art thrives and becomes more prevalent in the society. It allows me the leisure to do things like I do. To paddle and take photo's. To think and to dream. I believe seeing the world through these perspectives my imagination allows; prevents what so many others suffer through. The winter depression.
I've mused writing a self help book about beating this affliction as I admired the different shades of icicles adorning the cliff sides. Different minerals producing a beautiful array of colours. While wishing I knew more about geology I penned the book. Page 1: "Move to somewhere with open water year round." Page 2: "Paddle". In conclusion pages 3- 200 would remain blank.... to write about your adventures. I don't think a publisher would go for it; as self help books tend to be long with a ton of moving parts. It's always easier to sell the very complicated instead of the simple.
While I don't think my book idea will make me a millionaire; I was glad that the lion took a break this early in the month. And feel gitty that although the lion still has a few good storms in store for this rugged shoreline...
the lamb is on it's way.