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Pipe and Pedal

The Pipe and Pedal is the monthly newsletter of the Baltimore AGO. For past issues, please visit our Historical Archives. If you wish to submit an article for the Pipe and Pedal, you may visit our submissions page.

April 2019 Issue

Dear Colleagues,

“Welcome, happy morning”, welcome happy spring! Signs of spring are everywhere and I am happy to share with you portions of an article entitled, Spring: The Season of Rebirth by Sheryl Paul which I hope you find as thought-provoking as I.

But first and foremost I encourage you to think about summer, in particular the AGO regional conventions taking place during the early weeks of those cherished months. The seven regionals provide us with unprecedented opportunities for professional growth, inspiration and conversation with our colleagues. While attending a convention represents considerable financial outlay, the Mid-Atlantic Regional, taking place in Cherry Hill, New Jersey is easily accessible by car, just under a two hour drive from Baltimore. The impressive list of participants includes our own Marvin Mills and previous chapter member, Victoria Sirota. If you have not given serious thought to attending a convention, now is the time to take full advantage of the excitement just up the road; visit their website, Register today for a day, an overnight or for the entire four days. You won’t be sorry!

Now for some reflections on Spring as promised above.

When we align ourselves with the primary action of each season, we can harness the energy that permeates the natural world and, thus, facilitate our own transitions. On the threshold of spring, we begin to notice a quiet awakening within. The intentions that we set during the long days of winter may have lain dormant these past months, but now we see the first green heads pushing through and realize that the dawn of something new is upon us. Spring is the season of hope and renewal when, encouraged by the increase of light and warmth, we find the energy to take necessary action that can push the tentative new beginning into full awakening.

Now is the time to ask yourself: “What is longing to be born? If I set intentions on New Year’s how can I draw upon the energy of renewal, and call those intentions into action.”

Spring is green, tender, and alive. It’s the childhood stage of the seasons of transitions where innocence and purity permeate the atmosphere. As nature wakes from her winter slumber and you observe the first pale green leaves unfolding out of the buds, ask yourself, “What is childlike inside of me that wishes to come out? What is longing to be born?”

The early weeks of spring often bring a quality of restlessness. As hopeful and optimistic as this season is, there’s always an element of discomfort in the world of transitions. Said bluntly, change is hard, so even when the change is positive - like birthing a new part of yourself, there’s an itchiness of psyche that occurs when the old self of skill level falls away and the new one hasn’t fully emerged. In summer we celebrate with joyous abandon, but spring is still tentative, and there may be days when winter settles her snow over the land and we’re pulled back into the silent, underground world. When we understand these cycles of death and renewal, we can make space for them in our inner lives. Today is a new day. Today I can start something new and find that place of beginning within. Today I am alive and for that I am grateful. Today I see love manifest in the miracles of nature and I whisper a quiet but certain “yes.”

Happy Spring! May it be a time of renewal and awakening.

Louis Gephardt