The First Day of Spring

The Spring Equinox 2018 in the Northern Hemisphere will be at 11:15 a.m. on Tuesday, March, 20, Central Time.

I have heard newscasters and others on television, pronounce both Saturday and Sunday and today as the first day of spring.

We have snow in the weather forecast for the hours of 7:00 a.m. too 11:00 a.m. tomorrow.

It has been a cold winter.  The coldest our area of the country has experienced in 20 years.

Spring, always, makes me think of the future.  No matter the level of ice and snow and frigid cold that has occurred in our lives…spring brings the promise of new life and new beginnings.

It is easy for we humans to get ourselves into a ditch, or a rut, and subsequently believe that we have attained our epitome and our zenith and the future is simply a maintenance project.

However, life teaches us that promises and the surprises and the challenges of life are meant to continue until the hooded figure with the scythe comes to say hello.

Winston Churchill was 66 years old when he first became Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

‘Harlan Sanders, better known as Colonel Sanders, was 62 when he franchised Kentucky Fried Chicken in 1952.  He sold the franchise business for $2 million 12 years later.’   Business Insider

‘Diana Nyad had dreamed of swimming across the Straits of Florida ever since she was 8 years old, reports CNN.  After 5 tries spanning 35 years, on Monday, September 2, 2013, she finally accomplished her dream, becoming the first person to swim from Florida to Cuba without a protective shark cage.  Her messages about late-life success: ‘One is we should never, ever give up.  Two is you never are too old to chase your dreams.’    Diana Nyad was 64 when she performed her record breaking swim.  Senior Living Blog

Cycles can be broken.  Success can be captured from what, at first appeared, to be the jaws of failure.

I was fired from a job when I was 20 and I felt devastated.  I had given the job everything that I humanly could…and yet it was not enough.  Shortly after this reversal in my life, I was hired at SIU and enjoyed an over 32 year successful career.

Southern Illinois University has a rich and illustrious history.  It houses academic disciplines that are world renown and it’s alumni list is full of notable professionals in every field of endeavor.


Of late, the University has lost confidence in its’ self.  We have accepted that we will never be what we were at our paramount success.  We have been told that we are rural…we are suffering from less high school students to recruit…and we have decided to contemplate our mirrored visage…rather than to look forward and be confident and secure in the knowledge of the quality institution that our rich history portrays.

Perhaps it is time to wake up and decide that our second chapter or even our third chapter will be the best of our life’s story.

Perhaps is is time to release worry and fear and strife and hate…and embrace love and promise and success and life.


9 responses

  1. I learnt something about Colonel Sanders! I never knew he sold his franchise business. I thought it still runs with a family member though it has morphed to a globally recognized brand. Thanks BJ and happy Spring ahead!

    1. My pleasure, my friend. 🐔

  2. Reblogging to sister site Success Inspirers World

  3. The SIU campus looks beautiful!

    1. Thank you, my friend. It is lovely. 🌸🌹🌷

  4. Reblogged this on My gypsy life and commented:
    Yes, look forward to what lies ahead…..ya’ll being free, Tyler, Beloved, Thomas, the quiet One with blue eyes, Frank, my children, my mother, maybe seeing my father again, seeing my grandmother again, my sister, her husband, my boys, my girls, all my children, all of Israel, and God how can I be leader over anything seeing I’m such a bastard and sinner?

    1. Thank you for the reblog. 🌞

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