When working with my private writing students, I show them how to use transitions to establish logical connections in their essays.
Transitions are words, phrases, and sentences that signal relationships between ideas. Once you get the hang of using them, they make your writing flow.
If only the transitions in our lives were as simple and clearly defined.
I’m writing this post on September 22, the beginning of the autumnal equinox in the Northern Hemisphere.
The Sun will shine directly on the equator and there will be nearly equal amounts of day and night throughout the world.
According to the astronomical calendar, my favorite season–summer–has officially ended.
As glorious as the early fall days are in New England, the shortening of the daylight begins to weigh on me. Increased work demands detract from my creative endeavors.
Bittersweet fall anniversaries arrive.
The Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, is a transition to a time of reflection and renewal. The holiday begins on the eve of September 25 and coincides with the New Moon.
During this lunar phase, the Moon is located on same side of the Earth as the Sun. The moon won’t be visible in the night sky.
The missing moonlight, however, makes for a better time to observe galaxies and star clusters. Bonus!
This idea got me thinking….
When someone is missing in our lives, we live under a dark shadow. It’s hard to see past the loss.
Yet, perhaps, like during the New Moon, this period of darkness offers us an opportunity to see more clearly.
For only when the moonlight “hides” can the faint objects come into full view.
Like following the stars of a constellation, you begin to “connect the dots”.
Maybe you’ll have a eureka moment, like a meteoric flash, that transforms the horizon.
If it is still possible for your loved one to return, then you may reconnect with greater understanding. You can share the insights observed in your night sky.
And if there is no chance for return, then hopefully the clarity and awareness gained from their absence can help you transition to a new phase.
What does the transition to autumn mean to you?