Hello Winter! When the holiday’s end and the year closes, you are left with crisp, white, snow covered landscapes, chilly-wrap-a-thick-scarf-around-your-nose air, early evenings and late mornings, cups of hot chocolate and a desire to
S l o w D o w n.
Winter calls us to slow down.
The sun goes down earlier, calling us to stop working sooner. The temperature plummets, making it harder to go to-and-fro. Business slows, callings us to spend longer mornings at home with our families and cups of coffee.
I sometimes feel a slight stress creeping in upon a new year when I think of everything that will happen and all that I’ll have to do, even if it’s months away. Seeing everyone’s goal planning, I worry that I’ll be behind! What my body really wants to do is rest, take some time with no demands and recharge.
Not everyone feels stressed thinking of a year- my husband for instance, who doesn’t know what the word stress means. He is a problem solver and gets energy in high-stress situations or the thought of a year that will be demanding. He says – bring it on! The planner in me needs to know what is going to happen and how I am going to tackle it. Then, I can rest! So, I sat down to look over my year and wrote down some goals and placed them accordingly on my calendar, leaving space to rest in January.
I hope that you’ll obey winter’s call to rest. I think the Lord gave the season intentionally and our bodies will reward us for taking time to recharge, even my superhero husband.
Here’s to spending less time rushing and engaged to technology and more time living in the present, feeling the steam on our nose when we drink our morning coffee, watch the birds, play in the snow, reading paper books and magazines, playing games with our families and not having a plan at all!
Merry sweet, slow winter.
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