Winter comes with it’s own waylay of monotony. Between the mud and manure and day-to-day feeding of cows, it can all get overwhelming. My winter may look different than your winter, but I bet a lot of us feel the drudgery of shorter days, colder weather and lack of “life” for lack of a better way of putting it. Sometimes it takes a change of perspective to change, well, our perspective. I wrote about finding winter’s joy for Hyco Magazine this month and I hope you’ll find some encouragement in these thoughts. See excerpt below and read full article here. Let me know how winter is treating you and know you have a friend in the fight to find and keep the joy!
Yes, winter can have its trials. The lack of daylight, the colder temps, the mud, (and here, manure) and the seeming monotony of it all. But, oh, what joy winter can also bring. A reminder that without the weight of winter, we would lose the purpose in the wait for spring. And I believe there is purpose in it. It’s in the wait we can tend to what needs tending in preparation to bloom. There’s a reason God made leaves to fall, animals to hibernate, and plants to go dormant. We need the same at times. We sometimes need pruning for future growth. We need slower seasons in life to focus on the now, while building a stronger foundation for what’s coming later. It’s the difficult days that can make the best days even sweeter.
I don’t doubt that I’ll still complain this winter. It’s human nature in us all. But I’m going to try harder to see more of what’s in front of me, learn from what’s behind me, and be hopeful for what’s ahead. Knowing that each season carries its own lessons and beauty when we see them for what they are. And I’m really hoping we get to make snow cream at least once this winter. Because there’s no cream like snow cream. Have I made that point clearly enough?!
Here’s to whatever winter brings for us all and the peace of mind to hold it carefully for the joy it can give if we open our hands and hearts to it.
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