If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?
Percy Bysshe Shelley
We do not need to be afraid of winter. In winter nature lies fallow in preparation
for the new year. All life needs rest in order to grow with greater strength, and
winter is the time of withdrawal that precedes renewal.
Sometime it may seem that our lives have become dark and hopeless and we can’t see a way forward.
Perhaps a relationship has gone sour and we think it must be the end.
Work goes badly; money is a problem; our children go away. We become lost in
our melancholy and feel things will never get better.
We can draw strength from the wisdom of the seasons. Bare trees will become
clothed in green, and the hard earth will again yield harvests of plenty.
We can appreciate this transformation as it happens every year, and we can take hope
from it. We can also see our lives as bound to change.
Say with: Nothing in my life need defeat me, since I know that spring and summer will always come again