Steadiness and ease

Maggie, a very smart friend of mine, reminded me that winter, in nature, is a time of slowing down–a time of energy conservation and rest.

Yet despite whatever pull we might feel toward the natural world and its rhythms, for most of us, winter is a time of increased activity and celebrations.

So when the last party is over, the last candle pinched out, the good dishes put away for another year, I invite us all to make a place in our lives for the quiet of winter, the long dark days of steadiness and ease that are prerequisites for the green joy of spring.


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