LIFE The Series: Chapter 2015
By Bonnie Wurst –mtltimes.ca
Resolutions, predictions, promises and prophecies. Diet regimes, exercise programs and less gluten – all ‘buzz’ words at this time of the year. So which word (or words) are you chanting for Chapter 2015?
‘Happy New Year!’ is often followed by wishes of good health and prosperity (and a few clinking of the glasses). If things went well for you in Chapter 2014, you might not want to tempt fate and instead wish for ‘continued’ good health and/or prosperity.
This year I shook things up a bit, sort of like a resolution/revolution. I sat in front of a blank page, awaiting inspiration for the words of Chapter 2015 to come. I wanted to be the writer of my own story, put into action all the wishes I’ve received from others, take the resolutions and make them my own revolution! But the flow was blocked.
Two-thousand and fourteen chapters into the series and I was facing writer’s block. I was celestially assigned a certain number of chapters to write in this epic saga and I was feeling detached. Instead of pushing myself, I decided to take a break with some yoga and meditation. Afterwards I felt more centered and grounded, but it was actually the leftover toll house chocolate chip cookie on the table that finally brought forth my ‘A-HA!’ moment (or as my friends might say, my ‘Oh-No…Not Again’ moment).
I realized I had serious apprehensions concerning the LIFE Series published by Gregorian calendar inc.. They released a series based strictly on a solar calendar – but one that rewinds or fast forwards in its own time. It has a 365 day ‘year’ that is divided into 12 months, of which 11 of those months have either 30 or 31 days. And then the other month, February, has only 28 days – for the most part. Every 4 years there is a Leap Year, when one extra day gets added on to February making it 29 days. And a 366 day year.
And you want to know why? A long time ago, its predecessor Julian Calendar Publishing, messed up the alignments with the equinoxes and solstices, falling out of step with the seasons. By the time CEO Pope Gregory the XIII came around (founder of Gregorian calendar inc.), around ten excess days had accumulated.
Then the successful Gregorian calendar takeover bid reintroduced the alignments, but they had to drop a number of days from the Series in order for it to be effective. A-HA! This is why I was confused and anxious and facing writer’s block. I was clearly out of alignment.
No need to wrap your mind around the above, because it IS messed up. All I know is I probably haven’t been celebrating my actual birthday on the right day from the day I was born. And I’m not quite sure how I feel about that. Should I be embarrassed by all the presents, cards and wishes I received ON THE WRONG DAY my whole life? Should I apologize? Do I owe myself a special birthday party, one where the date set would be based on a series of consultations with a NASA approved astronomer?
And I also have to deal with the Jewish calendar. It is a ‘Lunisolar’ calendar based on; the rotation of the Earth about its axis (a day), the revolution of the moon about the Earth (a month) and the revolution of the Earth about the sun (a year) – and it’s at Chapter 5775! All the chapters in that series, the Book of Life, apparently have been written (in stone) as my query letters were never answered.
There was only one solution. To live in the moment. Be present to myself first and then be in the world in that presence. It is far less complicated.
And so I began Chapter 2015, “… at this moment, this very precious moment, I am healthy, I am happy and I have no complaints. At this moment, this very precious moment, I am grateful for the love and joy in my life. At this moment, this very precious and eternal moment – I am awake and alive… and it is abundantly enough.”
I wish everyone a bounty of moments – moments so fulfilling, yet so simple. All that is required is for you to be present. May you all enjoy continued good health, prosperity and love in the writing of your Chapter 2015. Namaste, Bonnie
Bonnie Wurst is a reporter, a weekly columnist and feature writer for the Montreal Times newspaper. She is a novelist, ghost writer (not the scary kind) and humorist. Her book “Damaged Goods Re-Stitched” can be found on Amazon.com. For ‘HUMOR SOUP FOR THE SOUL’ speaking engagements & workshops, please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org