Happy New Year part deux

Well it’s the New Year. I have so many plans and things to accomplish. Music cues to write, an album to finish and one to start.
On New Years Eve I started feeling feverish and lethargic. I was coming down with something. We were only two weeks into winter and I was getting my second debilitating illness. I already had the flu even though I got a flu shot.
So here’s the problem: We make all these plans for a new year and it’s only really the beginning of Winter: the fallow season. It’s a time to lay low to go to sleep early. Heck it’s dark at 4:30 why would you want to do anything else? But no we tell ourselves and each other this is the time to make new plans and to dig into them. I have always thought “Well there’s nothing going on, this is a good time to accomplish all the things I didn’t get around to during Spring, Summer and Fall. Fall is usually the most productive time of year for me. I’m like a squirrel gathering nuts or a bear getting fat preparing for hibernation. Busy, Busy, Busy! And then the flurry of activity that surrounds the Christmas season. Hell we’re just ramping up for an incredibly productive winter! Heck we can go skiing, fly south to where the weather supports our ambitions of productivity so we can play in the sun and the surf just like we do here in the North.
I was driving the bus out in farm county on the outskirts of Coquitlam a few weeks ago and was talking to a woman in her early sixties. She had moved out there to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. I told her that once I had tried to retire at the age of forty and now I had to work to pay that off. She said one of the tricks she had learned in life is to listen to your body and your energy levels. Not just on a day to day basis but for different times in your life. Just because you have low energy doesn’t mean that higher energy times aren’t ahead. It’s just that right now these are low energy times. I’ve been told this over and over again. Part of the flow of life is acknowledging and accepting that we are part of nature that we flow with the seasons. Is my body telling me it’s time to slow down? Is that why i got sick? I read somewhere that you are susceptible to illness when your immune system is weak and your amuse system is weak because there are a lot of week and sick cells in your body that are harming you. If a virus comes along and is able to overwhelm your amuse system its because you need that virus to come in and clean out all of your existing sickness. It kills what is already ailing you. Getting sick is in a way the ultimate cleanse. Your body and immune system recuperate. You get better and stronger. Or it kills you off completely. That’s not happening right now, I count my blessings.
So this year I accept that winter is a time of death and renewal. That I will get better and that my energy and productivity will return as the Crocuses bloom and Spring arrives in a few months. Until then, I’m planning a trip to Southern California!

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