Many different cultures regard March as a month of renewal. This year’s March, we definitely feel renewal in the air.
The recent period of low power while we figured out what was wrong with, and fixed, the wind generator brought the non-electric aspects of our “homestead” life into sharper focus. Electricity impacts only a small portion of our activities, but it facilitates those that can easily grow to displace all else. Watching movies, reading (by electric light), surfing the Internet, even writing this blog can consume days on end if we let them, taking time away from the more essential, more satisfying occupations around the property.
Perhaps the breakdown came at just the right time, in the natural transition from the more wintery to the more summer like aspects of spring. Limited power to pursue the more solitary, inward looking projects forced us to look and think outward, to get outside and get things done.
We joined all of nature in this outward motion, quickening along with the rising sap, budding plants, returning songbirds and whales. Everything seems to be gathering momentum, us along with the rest.
We had already set in motion a major renewal here when the generator crashed. Its temporary loss added a new dimension to that process, expanding it to a new plan for our future, which I’ll address in coming posts.