Nine days ago at our Start of Spring Celebration, I pointed out that while the vernal equinox is technically the first day of spring, that by no means guaranteed that winter was completely over. Up north, such as in Fargo, North Dakota, that message would have seemed obvious, but Houston's spring-like weather actually began in February - when we normally have some of our coldest weather. Our strongest winter weather was last November, during autumn.
But little did I suspect that it would take only a week to re-validate that
observation, even in Houston's semi-tropical climate.
The point is easily understood by looking at the Theory of Opposites, Yin Yang. Tai Chi (Taiji) is Yin Yang. In Daoist cosmology, before the Tao (what some might compare to the universe, or to God) began there was only a state of Wuji, nothingness (oneness). When change occurred the one, Wuji, became two, Taiji -- Yin Yang. The black and white swirly symbol - at least as well known around the world as the symbol of the cross - is known by most as "the Yin Yang symbol", but it is more correctly known as the symbol of Taiji.
The key feature of the symbol is that Yang (white) area is not pure white: it contains an element of black, Yin. Conversely the Yin area contains a bit of Yang. This represents the notion that nothing is all Yin or all Yang. Where there is good, there is evil; where there is evil, there is good. Where there is male there is female; where there is female, there is male. Where there is softness there is the hard; where there is hardness there is the soft. And so on, without end.
So it is with the seasons. They flow in and out, back and forth, although a
progression is evident. While we may have entered the spring season, winter is not fully gone; it will not be fully gone until we have entered the summer season, when spring will not yet be gone. Even so, the seasonality of weather does not allow for a strict delineation of the seasons; climatic fluctuation causes a wide array of weather possibilites. Last July it snowed in London.
Today Fargo is flooded while snow cascades into it, and Houston enjoys
temperatures in the 70s and 80s.
So the week before our Spring Celebration, class took place in 52 degree weather; the celebration was in 75 degree weather; and this past Saturday we had 42 degree weather. All three classes were wonderful. Cool weather in Houston is not a challenge, it is an opportunity; we warmed up nicely Saturday within a few minutes. Soon we will be warming up before class even begins. Every change bring a new opportunity. Take advantage of them all!