The equinox is behind us and time itself has taken a leap forward. We lose an hour, but we gain, for the next six months, and whatever the weather throws our way, long, light evenings. Everywhere buds are bursting open, seeds are sprouting and youngsters hatching. Spring has happened. After the dark, drear of winter, dreams are focused on a good growing year, exams passed, travel plans and new personal challenges. It’s such a time of promise and hope. Who on this day could be miserable? Enjoy it. Feel the energy of pulsing sap, fresh ideas, and old habits dissolving to make way for new possibilities.
At this time, accountants make their final tallies of last year’s spoils. How much (money) did we make or lose? What (and who) worked or didn’t? What changes are needed? What conclusions do we draw? Amid the tally of credits and debits, planners everywhere are totting up what happened out of our control, mainly the impacts of weather, wars, and politics (ugh), and those things we deliberately chose to do, for good or ill as it turned out. As we go forward, it does us well to prepare wisely for the former, but invest everything left in the latter.
The financial Year End is the essential unit of business planning. It happens at the beginning of April, to coincide naturally with a new growing season. It is both a time to look back with clarity and honesty on the past and to look forward with optimism and enthusiasm to the future. It is a time, 'as 'twere with a defeated joy,
with an auspicious and a dropping eye, with mirth in funeral and with dirge in marriage, in equal scale weighing delight and dole,' to be realistic, but to be ambitious too. (Thanks Shakespeare: Hamlet Act 1, Sc 2, Claudius's address).
The earth has tilted on its axis and everything is different. Take time to take stock; these few precious days of early spring will set our course for another year. We should use them well.
Next: Reckoning Ledbury Town Council: was it a bumper year, or a great big dud? Is LTC in tune with the times and in store for fortune, or rapidly heading south? Come back soon for Ledbury's Year in Review. Readers feedback particularly welcome. How was it for you?