The Value of Winter

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As spring approaches, I want to take a few moments to appreciate winter.

Winter is my least favorite season, and this year, I felt like it was in no hurry to leave. I don’t like complaining about our days of thirty-degree weather. After all, I know that people who live up north have had to deal with below freezing temperatures and an unfortunate amount of snow. But despite the differences on our thermometers, our experiences of “being cold” are all valid.  We all go through winter. Sometimes winter means navigating over ice or feeling a chill in our bones. At other times, it means that life looks colorless or we begin to forget what warmth in our souls feels like.

Is there anything beautiful or meaningful about those times?

I’d be lying if I said that it was easy for me to appreciate winter. I’m not one of those people who “can’t wait for the cold.” I’m not very good at imagining warmth or color when I can’t find any traces of it. I know what hopelessness feels like, and it’s something I’ve tried to avoid.

But as I look back on colder days, I can appreciate what I took away from those times. . . . Strength. Patience. Perseverance. Faith. Inspiration. An appreciation for beauty, with all of its mysterious intricacy.

I found these beautiful quotes about winter, and I wanted to share them. I’d also love to hear from you. What value have you found in winter?

 

If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.”
― Anne Bradstreet

“Thank goodness for the first snow, it was a reminder–no matter how old you became and how much you’d seen, things could still be new if you were willing to believe they still mattered.”
― Candace Bushnell

“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.”
― John Steinbeck

“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

 

2 thoughts on “The Value of Winter

  1. Fortunately, i was born and raised in a country that is not stricken by adverse climatic changes like winter.
    It might sound interesting but am likely to face adjustment challenges if i happen to travel
    to countries where winter occurs.I only learned about it in school
    and developed interest and curiosity about the main seasons of the year.

    Recently i had a look at “winter” season and the impact it has to human-beings,animals,birds and the environment.
    I realized that they are left with the following choices in order to survive the ordeal:
    (a)Adaptation
    (b)Migration
    (c)Hibernation

    I found out that some animals and birds move to safer regions whereas others gather enough food to survive during the period.
    They hide themselves in shelters like burrows to escape the challenge.It is during this period they become less active in order
    to slow down their metabolic rate.Animals and birds that shelter themselves seem much safer than those that migrate,because migration is likely to make them prone to predation.The other challenge is that they may not be familiar with places they migrate to.

    On the other hand people are not spared too.
    Majority remain indoors,others suffer from piercing chills while others remain unproductive to the economy.
    Winter season being a transition from one season to another,it is inevitable but temporary.What matters most is the level of “preparedness” and “adjustment”.

    Looking at an industrial setting,corporates face transition that impacts the employees either positively or negatively.
    Such changes include:
    (a)Promotion
    (b)Demotion
    (c)Transfers
    (d)Change in Technology
    (e)Dismissal,among others.

    Those affected by the above changes in an organization should emulate the behavior of some birds and animals,by seeking shelter,gathering enough resources-for reserve,
    “adjusting” and “preparing” for change.
    Winter season can be summarized using this English saying,”Make hay while the sun shines”.

  2. Great thoughts on winter, Maurice. I agree that “preparedness” and “adjustment” are important for surviving difficult times.

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