Saturday, January 7, 2017
Thoughts on Winter
I am not a big fan of winter. In the past, I have really struggled with the winter blues and it took a major effort to keep a positive outlook all winter long. I even developed lists of ways to occupy my days, distracting myself at best. Then, I realized that dreading half of the year was really not a God-honoring attitude. Yes, it is partially a physical struggle with the decrease in daylight, but it is also a matter of being content in all situations. So, I have learned to appreciate winter like many people who face long winters. I love this article about surviving winters in Norway. (Note: I realize that Indiana winters are not that bad and I feel bad for others who have it far, far worse than I do. Hello, my Alaska friends!!)
I am so grateful that this winter feels different, less foreboding. Perhaps it is because I am really looking forward to the big exciting move we are planning in June, Lord willing. Maybe it is because I have worked hard to fill my days with meaningful work. It is most likely an answer to prayer!! I am thankful, no matter the reason.
There are many things that I am looking forward to this winter. I have quite a few good books to read. We celebrate family birthdays in January and March. I plan to celebrate Valentine's Day, as we did last year. I want to make lots of soup from homemade broth. I will be looking for things to fix around the house and things to purge. There is lots to do to get this house ready to sell. I am growing an indoor garden, which brings me joy. Lastly, I have been blessed with good enough health and I need to continue to exercise, which really helps with the winter blues.
I know this is only January and there is a long winter before me, however, I am hopeful that with a little planning, I can actually thrive this winter. Here's to loving winter!!