February 29, 2016, Prescott- This is one of those days when a person, who is actually 40, can pretend to be 10. Leap Day is a quirk of Earth time, but has become quite fun to observe. Some traditions allow women to ask men to dance, to go on a date- even, to marry, on “Sadie Hawkins Day”- something that derived from the country lore of the Appalachian region. I think that would be enjoyable enough, as it’s taken in a gentlemanly manner.
I waded through a fair amount of criticism, once I cam home from work today, and turned on the computer. Many people seemed in a nasty mood, for one reason or another. I did feel rightfully chastened, in one instance, and said so. In other cases, I felt the frustration of the complainant and in others, I sensed obfuscation in the wind, and called the person out on it. She gingerly walked her complaint back, and “agreed to disagree.” That’s fair enough.
There will be some tough choices ahead, for many people, and for our nation as a whole. I won’t get into the politics of it, but most of you will get my drift. Those of us who have a personal credo will sense that we need to act, based on the precepts of what we say we believe. I certainly have been, and will be, in that frame of mind.
We Baha’is begin our Nineteen-Day Fast, tomorrow at sunrise. For all of us who are in good health, not undergoing physical stress (including pregnancy, Aunt Flo and nursing, as well as doing heavy labour), and between the ages of 15-69, the abstinence from food and drink goes from sunrise to sunset. As with other spiritual fasts, ours is intended to purify the body and cleanse the soul. What that means to an individual is strictly a personal experience, and personal business.
I know those areas on which I need to work, so I hope this season will set the tone, in that regard. Stay tuned, and Marvelous March!