Humans must be among the very few creatures who do not slow down in the Winter. We keep running about, full speed ahead, even though the cold and the darkness beckon our bodies to rest. For some, Winter creates an emotional hibernation, a depression which leaves them without much energy.
Whether our Winter leaves us physically tired or emotionally drained, it’s important to remember that Winter’s silence, Winter’s stillness holds a secret. If an alien came to our planet in the middle of a land’s Winter season, would they have any idea that the seemingly dead branches, the frozen plants and brown grass would, in a short while, burst into life?
In the dead of Winter, sometimes we feel as if the lethargy of our bodies or spirits will be without end. In such a time, we need to look to Spring, realizing that what seems dead, what seems lifeless will burst into life again. Sometimes this very thought is enough to reverse a downward emotional trend.
I think of the line in the famous song “The Rose,” sung by Bette Midler some years back:
“When the night has been too lonely and the road has been too long; and you think that love is only for the lucky and the strong. . . . Just remember, in the Winter, far beneath the bitter snow, lies the seed, that with the sun’s love, in the Spring, becomes . . . the rose.”