Many women I talk with tell me (much to their regret) that their lives are too full to experience the ideal, restful or regenerative aspects of Winter. Quite honestly, most of my past Winters were heavily weighted with obligations and should-do’s. But I’ve worked on intentionally changing this.
Winter may decide to arrive in the frigid blackness of the night—with soft, quiet snow falling like a whisper—while you sleep unaware. And then when you awake, you notice another world completely different from the world you saw before you went to bed. Oh, the contrasts, but the outcome is the same. Winter has arrived. Winter is not only apparent in the physical, external world, but in your emotional, inner world as well. If you observe your life as a series of cycles (which it truly is), the latter part of your life might be considered your personal Winter. You’ve birthed children or careers in your youthful Springtime and nurtured both through your individual Summer season. In the Fall/Autumn of your life, with children grown and beginning their own Springtime, you reap the abundance of a successful career, healthy family and a wholesome life.
Each season has its own joyous chaos of ever-changing events, but Winter brings a certainty with it. It is here. It’s cold and sometimes dark. It may be harsh or still, but it is here, no doubt about it. Winter requires attention; Winter commands respect.
Winter is the wisdom season. Truly, by the time you reach the Winter of your life, you’ve been-there/done-that. You have become rich in life’s experiences and lessons. You have gathered and lost lifelong friends. Often you become resolute in your purpose.
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