I set out to write a blog post a few weeks ago connected with the Spring Equinox. I had all these vague notions of meditating on balance, as the equinox invites us to do, and how we can find balance through our stories (the yin & the yang, the joy & the pain, the sunshine & the rain).

Having recently participated in a webinar about ChatGPT for nonprofits, I plugged in the parameters for a blog post on this topic. In less than 60 seconds, it spit out a fully articulated (if bland) exploration of the topic, including a laundry list of things to do to encourage or invite balance into our lives. If you don’t like it, you can hit refresh and it will do it again!! The second version:

As the winter season comes to an end and the weather begins to warm up, we approach the Spring Equinox which falls on 20th of March. The equinox marks the first day of spring when the amount of daylight and darkness are equal. This significant event is a reminder of finding balance in our lives.

The seasons have always been associated with the ebb and flow of life, and spring is a symbol of new beginnings, growth, and renewal. We witness the rebirth of nature, and the cycle of life emerges once again. The earth itself is balanced due to the equal length of day and night, and this is something that we can take inspiration from.

We all experience ups and downs in life, such as work stress, relationship problems or other personal issues. Often, we struggle to find balance in our daily lives which can lead to feeling overwhelmed and burnt out. Just like nature, we need to find balance in our own lives in order to achieve inner peace.

Here are some ways to find balance and bring harmony to our life:

  1. Exercise and self-care: Exercise is one of the most effective ways to reduce stress and maintain balance. Practicing yoga or going for a walk in nature can help calm the mind and balance your energy.

  2. Set boundaries: Learning to say ‘no’ is essential. Setting clear boundaries with your work and personal life will ensure you have time for the things that matter most to you.

  3. Identify your priorities: You can create a list of the things that are important to you, such as work, family, hobbies or self-development. This will help you to allocate time more effectively and reduce stress.

  4. Gratitude: Cultivating gratitude is another way to find balance. Focus on what you have and be grateful for it, rather than on what you do not have.

  5. Mindfulness: A daily mindfulness practice can help bring balance into our lives. Focusing on the present moment and accepting it for what it is can help reduce stress and allow you to feel more at peace.

The Spring Equinox is a reminder that we should take time to reflect on the balance in our daily lives. By implementing these simple tips, we can improve our overall well-being and find harmony in our daily routines. May this time of year bring you new beginnings and a deep connection with nature.

So appalled was I at how quickly and easily the software generated this content, I quickly closed the computer and walked away.

As I keep noodling around on it, however, I’ve come to consider that the only, truly, real and new information I can bring to most topics is a story. (At the time, I was feeling sort of tapped out of stories.)

Unrelated (?): Whenever the word “story” appears in a song, of course my ears perk up. While I’ve loved The Clash for many years, it was only this weekend driving along on I20 that I realized this song’s lyrics say, “Death or glory / becomes just another story.” Thanks to a real, live DJ’s interstitial storytelling, I learned that the band was specifically responding to The Who’s seminal “My Generation” and the line, “I hope I die before I get old,” They wanted to question the broader notion in the punk scene that selling out is inevitable after a certain point, and especially as we age.

What an interesting inter-lyrical dialog! One that would hard for a robot to replicate.

I don’t have a specific story about the equinox, nor balance (except that I have none). So, I’ll just leave you today pondering what generative stories you might bring to this increasingly automated, topsy-turvy, fake news / alternative facts world.