Winter Introspection

There is a privacy about it which no other season gives you…. In spring, summer and fall people sort of have an open season on each other; only in the winter, in the country, can you have longer, quiet stretches when you can savor belonging to yourself. – Ruth Stout

Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire:  it is the time for home. – Edith Sitwell

For over a week it has been quite cold up here in New England. Temperatures dipping to the low 20’s Fahrenheit at night with a wind chill factor in the low teens. Even though the winter solstice is over a month away, winter has settled in for what seems like a long visit.

As I’ve mentioned many times in previous posts, I love all the seasons. I think part of the reason is that there were really only 2 or 3 seasons where I’m from. I really enjoy the definitive seasons that you can have in the northern latitudes.

I always withdraw during the winter months. I don’t mean I get quiet and unsocial. I mean that I become more active internally or mentally. I read and study more than other times. I enjoy being home. I think a lot (even more than usual). I review the past year and start visualizing what I might desire for the coming year

I don’t usually complain about the cold and definitely not about the snow. I guess the bottom line is that I enjoy the cycles of nature and the dramatic changes that happen. I adapt and change with them.

It’s really that simple for me.

Have a great day!

Michael