I read something the other day. It's been sitting at the back of my mind for a week, like a grandparent rocking gently and patiently on a porch swing, waiting for me to understand.
Winter is our time of quiet.
An oft-quoted psalm and popular song from the 1960's says:
"To everything turn, turn, turn.
There is a season, turn, turn, turn.
And a time to every purpose under heaven."
I believe this our season of quiet.
It is now the changing of the seasons. The winter solstice will be soon be upon us. Some of the holiday season has already begun. We have passed Thanksgiving, are into Hanukkah, with Christmas and the New Year not far away.
After that, there is quiet.
As New Englanders, our days in the winter season become shorter. We turn in and tend to spend more time at home.
This is a good thing.
The cold, the length of night, and fewer demands on our time all encourage us to slow-down and reflect.
Here's your notebook task:
Pick a quiet place.
Sit for five minutes or more. Be still.
Think about the best moments of this last year. Write them down. Draw them out. Use the method that works best for you.
Then, think ahead.
What do you want this next year to bring? What successes or goals do you hope to achieve? What people do you hope to remain close to?
What will you do in these winter months to prepare for the seasons ahead?