Written by Karen D. Swim
We spend much of our lives eagerly looking forward to what is next. Initially, those forward looking moments are anchored to milestones in our development. – the first day of school, the first double digit birthday, legal driving age, adulthood and so on. Yet, the pattern establishes itself and soon wherever we are, we always seem to be looking for what’s next.
In the final days of winter, Tabetha Gedeon has conceived a group writing project that encourages us to take a moment and appreciate the season to celebrate its virtues as we bid it adieu rather than “good riddance.” Her project made me realize that there is too often a focus on what’s next. Why not savor the “what’s now?”
Winter is not exactly my favorite season. In the past few weeks, I have sought signs of the impending spring season, my heart filled with glee each time the sun rose and the birds once again chirped outside my window. I love spring but there are things about Winter I enjoy too.
The pace of winter seems more thoughtful and relaxed. The weather itself forces us to be more deliberate in our actions, more considerate in our planning. The shorter days and longer nights can combine to provide our lives with a balance not common to other seasons. We are efficient in the day, choosing our tasks wisely and nights invite us to savor relaxation and family time.
I will miss the brisk walks in the chill of the winter, watching smoke from chimneys curl into the darkening sky. I will miss the fragrant smells of cinnamon, apples and fresh root vegetables steaming in a pot. So, today I am inhaling the final days of winter, enjoying the “what’s now” as I look ahead with joy to the promise of spring.
This post is an entry in the Goodbye Winter Group Writing Project hosted by Tabetha Gedeon of Denim and Silk. The project is open to bloggers and non-bloggers alike. Feel free to share your own Goodbye to Winter as we bid her adieu and welcome spring.