February 26, 2015, Prescott- The Baha’i Faith uses a calendar that consists of nineteen devotional months, of nineteen days each. That leaves four days, in a 365-day year and 5 days, in a Leap Year, for celebration, gift-giving and acts of service. I will only say that my service has been done, both inside and outside of my comfort zone, these past few days. While I don’t like doing things that are unconventional and might attract unwanted attention to myself, I have done so, for the sake of peace in my wider community. On the other hand, it’s easy for me to pitch in and help with a group activity, as that was always de rigeur in my family, both nuclear and extended.
Ayyam-i-Ha, or Intercalary Days, (February 26-March 1), are always an interesting time, as are the days of the Fast, which follow, from March 2-20. We gather, as a community, and offer hospitality and service to both one another and to the wider community. We are “promised” a five-day storm, starting Saturday, according to the National Weather Service. Something tells me we will be in for five days of sunshine. High pressure, around here, is a blessing (tourism magnet) and a curse (One can’t drink dust). My point is, things are far more unpredictable than usual, this time of year. I look forward, though, to both the gifts and the challenges, as always.