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Flexibility Equals Preparedness

What happens after there has been a period of darkness?

I’m guessing that’s probably the burning question when there is troubled times in our lives or in the world. And it seems to me that we readily have the answer to that question. Well of course the answer is that there must be light. Similarly, we say that after a storm there must be a calm.

But wouldn’t it be to our benefit also to seek to find out what happens after there has been a period of light? This way, we can be flexible about what life throws at us and thus be more prepared than if we didn’t explore a less obvious question.

The answer to the proposed question has always been right above our heads, I suggest. Take a look at this image of the repeating cycle of the moon and follow along in the direction of the arrow in relation to my observations further below.

The eight phases of the Moon

The western cycle (the lit side points to the west): on the way to brightness

After the darkness has swallowed the moon, the light waxes into a crescent, and it then further waxes into the half (first quarter), whose light waxes into a gibbous until the light turns FULL (bright).

The eastern cycle (the lit side points to the east): on the way to darkness

After the light has swallowed the moon, the light wanes into a gibbous, and then it further wanes into the last half (third quarter), whose light wanes into a crescent until the cover of darkness is complete, but it is also a NEW moon.

… the cover of darkness is complete, but it is also a NEW moon …

Now that’s promising.… Happy Easter.

Garie McIntosh
Garie McIntosh
Garie McIntosh considers himself a story-telling communicator and a grammar enthusiast. His career focus is to write novels and educate others on the effective use of language in literary manuscripts. His objective, via this focus, is to make the elements and tools of his own success available through the educational and grammatical linguistic material that he produces for academic modules available on this website. These elements and tools would also be available through his educational and grammatical editing-service business, McIntoshLinguistics, which aims to formalize its approach through a process-method. Garie's goal and purpose are to write stories with strong, authentic characters that are defined by strong writing and themes and thereby reinforce the power of communication. He has written and published his first novel, What's in a Name.

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