Solitary: A Self-Directed Spiritual Life

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A New Landscape

March is the month of the spring equinox.  Day and night will be equal and spring is in the air, except in Wisconsin where we just got six plus inches of snow.  In Wisconsin, March is a turbulent month filled with any kind of weather from mild to blizzards. 

Spring is supposed to be about new beginnings, renewal of life.  It’s all about change which can come about easily or be tumultuous.  Winter has weeded out what we no longer need and hopefully prepared us for the changes we need to make.  The chaff is gone, has been discarded and recycled in order to make way for what will come.


Storms rage across parts of the US causing havoc and change.  We went from nice warm weather (yes 40 degrees is warm in March) to frigid weather again.  Life changes and in March the weather reflects the turmoil which can happen in life.  


For the past three months, I’ve been coping with a lot of health issues in my family.  This is apparently the change I need to handle this year.  My mother, my husband and myself have all had varying degrees of serious issues. 


My mother faced some cardiac issues with a bout of pneumonia.  For me, it was about facing mortality.  She’s 86.  The question we faced was how much risk is too much?  Which option will offer the best quality of life vs the quantity of life. 


While spring is about new beginnings, it’s also about endings.  It’s about what needs to end and be plowed under in preparation for this year’s crops.  With my mother she needed to choose which risk was more – doing something to fix a problem or to do nothing. 


As the family faced this issue and waited for mom to make a decision, I realized the decision wasn’t really about whether or not to have a procedure but about how life would be.  If she opted for the procedure, there was risk of stroke, heart attack, and death.  If she opted out of the procedure, she faced the same risks.  She had to choose which option she thought would give her the quality of life she wanted at her age. 


Medical issues were not on my horizon.  The start of this year was about celebrating one of my daughters completing her master’s degree and about other accomplishments.  The medical issues stormed through our lives like the winter storm we just had blew through the Midwest and East coast.  It takes us by surprise, causes turmoil and stress.  Yet the storm changes the landscape, just as the medical issues changed our perspective on health. 


The lesson I’m taking away from it – storms in our lives come and go.  It’s how you react to them that matters.  My mom needed firm, loving, and confident support while she traveled through her medical storm.  The family stood by her, helped her cope with the tests and the information she got.  Like the winter storm, it blew up a flurry of fears, concerns, and stress.  However, like the storm it passed and there is a new landscape to get used to. 


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As a solitary, I consider myself a pagan witch who is seeking. Residing in rural Wisconsin, by day I work as a clerical worker and at night I spend my spare time writing. Writing is my way of expressing my feelings about my world and life. Raised on a farm, I have a love for nature and am inspired by the beauty and power I find there. I've been married for 33 years and have three adult daughters. Some of my other interests include cooking, genealogy, reading and crocheting.  
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