I’ve been tuning into messages lately that have gotten me thinking. My life, like the natural world, goes through seasons. Winter can be a time of darkness, a time to pull resources closer, a time to stop growing and focus on survival instead. The darkest day of the year comes at the very beginning of this season. We light candles at this time of year for a few different celebrations and we feel hope and warmth and joy when we do. But the candles burn down and the celebrations end, and there is still a long time to go until the days of light come back, the earth warms and we can watch the plants and animals come back to life. We have to go through this process every year.
There is plenty of fun to be had in the winter – in a few weeks we’ll start skiing, play in the snow, watch for animal tracks, marvel at the way the low sun lights up an entire row of bare trees, as if the trees are on stage and the sun is their spotlight. But the natural world slows down and rests during this time. And there are times in my life when I do the same.
It’s been almost a year since we moved. The months before our move were some of the most painful in my life. Moving was the key to my happiness, and indeed I was very happy once we moved. I look back now and I see that those hard months were the start of a “winter” season of my life. Moving was a hopeful time, like the candles we light to keep out the darkness. But I had to go through the winter season in order to come out into the springtime, and I see that happening – finally. This past year has been a winter for me. Spring is here.
What does this mean? First and foremost it means that I’ll be paying more attention to healing and growing from now on. Living daily life with an eye on positive growth. Little changes are on the way. Little healing changes with big growth effects. Stay with me.