Use Life’s Winter to Become a Stronger You

Have you ever felt so close to the edge of life that you were sure you were about to fall off?

But instead you chose to hold on and endure whatever it was that were going through.

Life has it seasons and its chapters.

Winters will be cold. Summers will be hot.

Each one has its own ups and downs.

This will not change now nor in the future.

What can change is our attitude towards these inevitable seasons of life.

Dealing with winter

To quote Jim Rohn

“Learn how to handle the winters. They come regularly, right after autumn. Some are long, some are short, some are difficult, some are easy, but they always come right after autumn. That is never going to change.”

Winter is not easy, especially when it’s cold.

We don’t want to get out of bed as early anymore.

Snoozing seems to creep back in as we curl into a ball in order to fend off the cold.

Depending on where we are in the world, the lack of sunlight and vitamin D can effect our mood and overall sense of well-being.

While writing this post I couldn’t help think about the way that nature works and came up with this little analogy.

Let’s take a look at plants.

During winter photosynthesis slows, respiration slows, growth stops.

“But this dormancy is much more than a period of suspending animation. It’s part survival mechanism, part housekeeping exercise, all meant to help plants gear up for warmer days ahead.”

Well how about that?

Winter is not exactly a time for external growth but an opportunity to take care of our internal systems.

Thus termed “housekeeping” in the above excerpt.

I feel this is a pretty accurate description of what winter is about for us humans.

Don’t sleep on the winter

It’s a time for inner work while also sifting through all that we’ve collected over the the months preceding the winter.

A time for ridding ourselves of what does not serve us and having a look at the space that we’re left with afterwards.

And not immediately filling that space just because, but rather leaving it open for what may or may not come. We can only carry so much. Think about it.

How many ‘bags’ are you currently carrying?

This space can reignite our inner being and may provide us with some much needed stillness or peace if we allow it to.

Winter is a time for reflection.

A time to conserve energy in preparation for the spring – where we’ll be putting that energy.

It’s also a time to return to life’s big questions:

What is my why?

My purpose?

What was I put here to do?

What contribution do I want to make to the world?

You get the picture.

All in all

Spring and summer will come a knocking before you know it and we can either be prepared or unprepared for them.

You know how they say:

Summer bodies are made in the winter. “

It’s completely true.

The hard work takes place in winter and in summer you are in a position to reap what you have sown.

Don’t get down during winter.

It won’t last forever.

Question

How do you make use of your winter months?

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