Did you know Easter gets its name from Ostara, also known as Eastre, Goddess of Springtime and the Dawn? Symbolic of fertility, her annual return is heralded by the flowering of trees and plants – plus the arrival of babies human and animal. Reflection is prompted at three levels.
Today, how about we look at your memories from these standpoints? One regards your private recollections at this contemplative time of year – even if you are not religious. The next takes a familial/cultural view followed by what we will call global.
Growing up in an often-dysfunctional household, what I remember most about holidays like Easter is that they were welcome sane periods. Miraculously, the turmoil of alcoholism and mental illness ceased for a magical few days. Mana! As such, my childhood images include all manner of chocolate arrayed across the bar counter. Mana! That is, after my father carefully made sure to spread garden dirt brought indoors by The Easter Bunny. How cute.
Within Your Family/Culture
Already, three years have transpired since donating and releasing tons of possessions from a house occupied for 22 years double the size of my current residence. Anyone who has survived the ‘adventure’ of keeping ‘necessities’ can relate! Those ironically include a half-dozen delicate hand-blown Tempura-painted eggs from my 1960’s childhood. As well, I cherish precious photos of drives in our 1963 Pontiac convertible to visit family friends in Chicago.
Around the World
Fascinatingly, it is frequently the case that Passover and Easter intersect – followed by Eastern Orthodox traditions. More than one faith pauses to take stock during this pivotal period. Common to their stories are themes like: letting go; liberation (including the idea that our future can be better than present slavery); rebirth and renewal. Toward those ends, allow me to pose some inquiries (questions that require no immediate answers) to close for the moment.
Indeed, it has been a while since I left you with some food-for-thought concerning your eldercare situation:
- What wounding associations are you ready to let go of because they no longer serve anyone’s higher aims?
- Which positive memories do you choose to retain?
- What’s one liberating attitude or action you can adopt regarding your aging folks?
- How might you restore positivity and hope even under trying circumstances?
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