I think we live our lives in seasons. Mimicking nature our lives revolve around tearing down and building, trees being stripped bare while we find something worth salvaging so we can nurture it later. We grow and change reaching for what is just above us hoping we’ll get there.
Winter is that season of reflection and downturns. Where we feel a little lost and wondering when we’ll be on sure footing again. It can be harsh – winter. It takes prisoners. You’re trapped by the elements and low lows. Winter – it is plodding and not at all surprising.
If you’re an extrovert you’re now an introvert poring over yourself and what happened and when does it get better. You get by. You hibernate. You plan and you save because there has to be something new just around the corner.
You’re wiping the slate clean. You’re starting over. Like a launching pad winter springs you into, well, spring. You take your new-found knowledge with a few steps and test that the ground will hold you. You can take off your layers and trust that the frost won’t bite you. You turn your face to the sun – to all the hard work you’ve done and breathe deeply. There are traces of growth and color. Warmth and possibility are everywhere.
Winter isn’t in vain. Winter matters (even if it is making me crazy).
I’ll follow winter to spring.
In Anne of Green Gables
For those of you that don’t know this is a Canadian film made in 1985 based on a beloved series of books about an orphan girl in Prince Edward Island by Lucy Maud Montgomery. They have been running it on channel 12 over the holidays. Anne of Green Gables…Anne of Green Gables – the sequel. I remember watching this series as a girl and I’m watching it again loving every second of it. It makes me so happy. It’s so wholesome and lovely and I’m sighing a lot….Gilbert Blythe, the beauty of PEI, Tennyson, croup, raspberry cordial, Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert, the meddling Rachel Lynde, puffed sleeves, Anne with her red hair and looking for ideals outside herself until she returns home to see that everything she ever wanted was right in front of her…lots of sighing.