“In like a lion, out like a lamb,” is a great way to say hello on this first day of March, where we mark the winter-to-spring shift during the month.
For all the tension of what this rhyme could mean for the forecast, the weather doesn’t resemble a lion at all in the Denver metro area. Nothing ferocious or stormy about our immediate forecast. In fact, there’s a very lamb-like nature to the start of this month instead.
Most assume this myth or folklore is a sort of weather prediction. A few theories about astronomy do float around, with the constellation Leo, the Lion, on the eastern horizon at the beginning of the month, closing with Aries, the Ram on the western horizon. But for the rest of us, this is about figuring out what’s going to happen next. We do love to determine with great fanfare whether we’re going to have six more weeks of winter, Groundhog Day, or not. And March is no exception.
There’s a poem written about it by Lorie Hill:
March roars in like a lion
The wind so cold,
It seems to pierce.
The month rolls on
And Spring draws near,
And March goes out
Like a lamb so dear.
I like to think of it as a balance in life. If the month starts out fiercely, I am hoping it will finish calmly. Hope being the key word here. Similar to a proverb by Anne Bradstreet,
If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant; if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.
Depending on where you live, winter may not give up its hold for quite some time after March. It certainly retains a grip in these parts, keeping those of us who want to plant outdoors waiting until Mother’s Day. A mix of motivation and redemption.
As you consider what we’re unwrapping with the podcast, More to Life with Faith and Lois, we want you to know we’re doing it through the lens of unexpected life-altering circumstances which we all face or have already endured. This is why we welcome each day and what it brings: wind, sun, rain, clouds, snow or sleet. There’s something in all of these conditions that we may choose to embrace or despise. The whole ‘some like it hot, some like it cold’ metaphor applies here for many of us, especially as we remain chilled for a few more weeks. And because we often have no control of our external circumstances, we choose to accept what comes and thrive right here in this moment. We recognize we do have control over how we respond to these weather conditions, whether or not we are fond of the slush or the heat or the ice-packed ground.
So, happy March first! We wish you a balance of the lion and the lamb in the weeks to come as the weather begins its shift from winter to spring. Consider, with us, the wonders of this time of change and growth and what it means as you inspire us on your amazing journey. And remember, no matter where you are, there is always more to life.
(Published March 1, 2018 More to Life with Faith and Lois)