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Tuesday, November 1, 2011


Lately I've been thinking a lot about the four seasons. I haven't always lived where there are four distinct seasons, and the warm winters sure were a nice break! But I'm actually glad I get all four seasons again, even though I don't really like winter that much. (I get cold easily and I hate being cold, and I live in one of the coldest places in my state.) But I've been realizing this fall what is good about this yearly weather transition, as it relates to gardening, biorhythms, and motivation. Here are some of my thoughts:

1) I love gardening and get a thrill out of it each year, but by the time cold sets in, I'm ready for a rest.  And so is the soil, so together we lie low till spring, grateful for the change.

2) With fewer daylight hours naturally comes the body's urge to sleep more.  And after a busy, active summer, that's probably a good thing (not taken to extreme).  I believe in taking time each day to be still (though some days that is easier to come by than others)--to think, meditate, pray, study scriptures--and winter strikes me as the season to be still.  Of course, with all the holidays, most of us end up with way more to do than we have time to do it in, but when possible, I think there's a reason I want to hole up ("hibernate") in my warm house and bake or read or watch a movie with my kids. Winter is also the time to do some of those inside things we don't get a chance to do while the weather is nice.

3) Winter is way too long, in my opinion, but its tedium does get me itching to be out in the soil again, and even by February, I start planning the next garden. The enforced break reawakens my creative juices and warms up my green thumb, and by planting time I am newly motivated and eager to begin a new round of learning.  I'm also eager to become more physically active again (and sleep less).

So in this coming season of being still, I want to try to do better at embracing this transition and enjoying the little things a little better.  As long as I can stay warm, that should be possible. :)


Jenni said...

I find that each season has its own winter I do a lot of knitting and sewing and reading...I don't have time for so much of that in the summer.
To every thing there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven.
I think mindfulness of the seasons (both annual and life seasons) is a really really healthy thing. It's good to not try to do everything at once, but to do things in their allotted time.

Katrina said...

I agree!


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