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The beginning of February brings ancient memories of the shifting of seasons. Imbolc, the halfway point between the winter solstice and the beginning of spring, marks this shifting. When I lived in Athens, GA, our family was on the lookout for an exciting sign of spring. As I drove Anabel to school in February, we waited in anticipation for the day, while driving past a field, newborn lambs appeared. They were our sign of spring’s arrival. Though the cold is still with us for some weeks, it is a good time to sense within our own animal bodies an anticipation of new life.

This month offers us space to consider new beginnings and opportunities in our own lives as the days get longer and winter is losing its grip. It is certainly time for the gardeners among us to explore seed catalogs and plan gardens.

As new growth is emerging from Mother Earth, how do we want to allow our minds and heart to stretch and grow. How might we engage with people and concepts that entice us to question our comfortable ways of thinking? This month is a good time for us to explore another of our Unitarian Universalist values—Justice and Equity.

This week I found a quote by Clarissa Pinkola Estés that speaks to our work, our challenge and our possibility. She reminds us that we don’t have to change the world, we may simply act on the needs in front of us. “Ours is not the task of fixing the entire world all at once, but of stretching out to mend the part of the world that is within our reach. Any small, calm thing that one soul can do to help another soul, to assist some portion of this poor suffering world, will help immensely. It is not
given to us to know which acts or by whom, will cause the critical mass to tip toward an enduring good.” What is needed for dramatic change is an accumulation of acts, adding, adding to, adding more, continuing. We know that it does not take everyone on earth to bring justice and peace, but only a small, determined group who will not give up during the first, second, or hundredth gale.

Life is beginning to bloom around us. Let us allow justice and equity blooms from our acts of kindness.