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Quote of the Day: Albert Camus

January 18th, 2015

“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.”

~ Albert Camus

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This is how I certainly feel in winter, summer is such a busy time, winter gives me time to think, to reflect. One of my favorite times to do this is while snowshoeing. There’s just something wonderful about being in the woods on a cold sunny winter day. I find having a hobby like this makes me get out on these beautiful days, it is too easy to sit inside by the warm fire.
snowshoes
Yesterday was the perfect day to be out and about. I followed moose, coyote, and fox tracks through the woods. I sat on the little bridge in the back and watched the water gurgle up through a few thawed spots in the creek.
Sun and snow
It was quiet, it was peaceful, you can’t help but think, reflect, and meditate in such an environment. It’s the perfect flip side to summer, just and wonderful in a completely different way. Less doing, more being, which is when you can find the invisible spirit you’ll need throughout the coming seasons.

What’s your favorite winter time activity?

One Comment to “Quote of the Day: Albert Camus”
  1. Nebraska Dave on January 18, 2015 at 9:16 am

    Yeah, winter. Today it’s supposed to be 52 degrees with bright sunshine. The temps have been in the 40s and 50s for the last couple days and will continue through out this coming week. All the snow has melted and mud is forming on top of the ground frost. This is not normal for my area. Just last week we were buried in below zero temperatures and wind chills beyond comprehension. It’s difficult to know how to dress for the weather. This winter season has been a season of extreme temperature fluctuations. But then that started at the beginning of the summer last year. It’s why I’ll make preparations to try to overcome those weather conditions. I can’t do it with an entire garden but a portion will be portable and can be protected by bringing the plants inside a warmer area when needed.

    Winter activities for me are mostly inside. I did expand my seed starting area this winter with anticipation of trying a new method to get a jump on the warm weather plant growing season. That first tomato by the 4th of July is always a fantasy reach for gardeners in my area but perhaps it can be achieved with a little effort. We’ll just have to see. February is the month of starting seeds which marks the beginning of gardening season, don’t you think? I’m excited about trying out my brainy ideas for this year.

    Have a great Maine winter enjoyment day.

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