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Quote of the Day: Winter

January 15th, 2018

I have a mediation book I try to read every morning, this past weekend had a fantastic entry:

“See the pine trees and learn their lesson,” a friend once said. “Pine trees are nature’s reminder that growth continues even in winter.”

Winter is an important season in our lives. It is more than a time of coldness and snow. It’s a time of going within. A time to rest from the work that’s been done, a time to prepare for the lessons ahead. Long for the sun on your shoulders, but let the frost and cold come. The ground has been left fallow in preparation for nourishing the seeds of new life.

Honor winter’s lessons. Despite this time of lifelessness and inactivity, this is still a season of growth. Trust what’s being worked out in your soul. The snow will melt. The sun will shine again. The time will come to remove your heavy garb and return to the activity of life.

Cherish the winter. Cherish its quietness, the time of going within to rest and heal. Cherish this time of preparation that must come before new life. Cherish the hope that lies beneath the snow.

Melodie Beattie in Journey to the Heart

2 Comments to “Quote of the Day: Winter”
  1. Christine on January 15, 2018 at 11:16 am

    A wonderful way to think about winter and live through it. The sentence “Long for the sun on your shoulders, but let the frost and cold come” particularly spoke to me.
    On cold and bitter days I often dream of being in a constantly warm climate, but recently when I went to the Canaries, where the temperatures stay balmy 365 days of the year and the sun almost always shines, I realized I would hate living there – no change of season, nothing to long for. A lesson I musn’t forget!

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  2. Nebraska Dave on January 16, 2018 at 12:26 am

    Susy, I’ve mentioned before that one of the things I so like about Nebraska is that there are all four seasons that are each about three months long give or take a week or two. The bitter cold is but for a short while which makes the warmer 40s of next week very enjoyable. Perspective is every thing. In the summer when the temps are over 100, it will make us Nebraskans long for the colder Winter once again. There’s something about the ever changing seasons with total predictability that keeps my mental world in balance. So, yeah, I don’t mind the bitter cold weather because I know that warmer weather is just six weeks away. I’m marking off every day on your calendar that I purchased.

    Have great resting/planning/preparing for gardening day.

    Nebraska Dave

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