The vernal equinox is in the air, as they say, and hope springs eternal. Poets use Springtime metaphorically to elicit the idea of ushering in new life, new ideas, new commitments. To wit: "No [vernal equinox] nor summer [solstice] beauty hath such grace as I have seen in one autumnal [equinox] face" - John Donne, "Italy, and the [vernal equinox] and first love all together should suffice to make the gloomiest person happy" - Bertrand Russell, "O, wind, if winter [solstice] comes, can [vernal equinox] be far behind?" - Percy Bysshe Shelley, "[Autumnal equinox] arrives in early morning, but [vernal equinox] at the close of a winter [solstice] day" - Elizabeth Bowen, "[Vernal equinox' shall plant and [autumnal equinox' garner to the end of time" - Robert Browning.
The concept can easily be extended to finding a new career situation, either because you are tired of the same old rote routine, tired of being misused, feel underused, want to change directions toward a new aspect of your present field, or desire to embark on an entirely new career. Every week or two I scour the Internet for articles whose authors claim knowledge and advice that you need to heed. I try to filter out those that appear to be mere regurgitation of other people's work or are just out to promote their own agendas. Some websites are full of those kinds of columns. One in particular has decent articles, but the responses are filled with people that add basically nothing to the value of the conversation; rather, they offer inane anecdotal comments or gush over how wonderful the advice is just to increment the count on their participation/engagement meters.
Posted March 20, 2015