I recently took this photo of my Persephone statue up at our land in Western North Carolina.
I always think of the summertime as the hardest time for Persephone. The underworld is her home and yet she is torn from it and forced to live in the sun, where everyone can see her, for these months. Persephone is nothing if not resilient. She not only faces the sun, but it makes her stronger. There are many lessons I have learned from Persephone's journey and one of them is that Happiness Is A Choice. Perhaps it isn't sadness at all that she feels in this half of the year but joy. The I realize my projections are not really Persephone's problem, but my own. And isn't that the core of every problem with every relationship? We simply don't understand one another and we don't talk to find out, even when we think we do. So this summer, rather than recognizing Persephone's sadness being away from her home, I will relish in her joy of being in the sun.