I visited the Indianapolis Museum of Art over the weekend and viewed a marble sculpture of this goddess and read her story. It reminded me that the sadness I feel is not just about the state of my life but more about my current environment; an environment that everyone around me is currently sharing.
Long story short: Persephone was a Greek goddess that was taken to the underworld to be Haide’s bride. She ate some Pomegranate seeds while she was there so she was only allowed to return to earth for six months of the year. During those months the earth would experience the vibrance of spring and summer. When she would leave again to return to the underworld the earth would stop its growth and we would have fall and winter. The sadness of her mother, Demeter, during the absence of her daughter, Persephone, is what we feel each year at this time.
Another day of school closings. My high school senior son may have a delayed graduation! I think we have all reached the tipping point with disrupted schedules, weather fear and seasonal depression!
At the same time, I am reading Malcolm Gladwell‘s, The Tipping Point. The story he used for this idea was the transformation of the subway system in NYC that started with cleaning up the graffiti on the cars and in the terminals.
The Power of Context is an environmental argument. It says that behavior is a function of social context. …..an epidemic can be reversed , can be tipped, by tinkering with the smallest details of the immediate environment.
What subtle changes can I make in my environment today that will keep me from going over the edge?