Friday, March 20, 2009

Spring is Here!

TGIF and TGIS. Those of you who live in the Northeast, Midwest, and Canada will be happy to know that Spring officially arrived about one hour ago EST today. Yes, it has been a LONG Winter, in more ways than one. In 1594, William Shakespeare put into print the now famous phrase "Now is the Winter of our Discontent..." in his play, Richard III. Very few are able to quote the remaining portion of that line "...made glorious summer by this sun of York". The 'sun of York' wasn't of course a comment on Yorkshire weather but on King Richard. In this play Shakespeare presents an account of Richard's character that, until the late 20th century, largely formed the popular opinion of him as a malevolent, deformed schemer. Historians now view that representation as a dramatic plot device - necessary for the villainous role that Shakespeare had allocated him. It isn't consistent with what is now known of Richard III, who in many ways showed himself to be an enlightened and forward-looking monarch.

Shakespeare scholars believe that in this part of the play, he meant to convey a feeling that "The time of unhappiness is past". So too, can the passage of Winter into Spring. So it can be in your life, and the lives around you.

Have you been misunderstood, maligned, or falsely judged? Maybe you need to take the opportunity with the change of seasons to rethink your priorities. If you are fortunate to be a Woman of Wealth, think about how you can use this capacity to change the world.

Until next post, continue to believe, achieve, receive. SDG - JBHIV

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