Winter has arrived and with it a whole new season of growth. Nowhere is growth more evident than in my son in the midst of his teenage years. We’ve spent some time in the snow with ski club excursions, trips to see the beaches in winter, and just quiet walks through other winter wonderlands. As I was this autumn, I have again been listening to the conversations of nature when we’re out and about. And again, as in the autumn, my son has been physically too far ahead for me to point out what I am hearing. Kind of hard to catch up with someone gracefully skiing down a mountainside at 100 miles an hour when I’m still in the beginner’s area myself, you know? As it is, I’m still feeling the need to write it all down – the lessons of life I think Old Man Winter could show him right now……
There is a whole lot of world out there for you to discover.
Get to know your world and the people around you. They are not one-dimensional…..Just like no two snowflakes are the same, no two people are the same. And, like snowflakes, people have their own paths to travel.
Some snowflakes will fall and immediately melt.
Some will be joined with others to make a snowman.
Some will be shoveled into a pile that will last for months!Some will decorate the trees, roofs, and lawns.
Just remember…the thing about life is –
You never know what’s around the next bend…Winter reminds us to be cautious –
There is much we take for granted that can easily be gone in an instant.
No matter how much control you think you have…..
No one is immune to the weather of Life.
You must learn to plan for the unexpected.But please be aware, even in the most barren of landscapes……there is still colour to behold.
Even discreet colours add to the whole. Discreet does not mean pointless;
Discretion is the power to add without needing to take center stage.I know that sometimes things get confusing and you feel all mixed up…..There are times when your load seems overly heavy…..Days when your emotions run hot,
And days when life feels cold.It’s true, just as man fights nature but never stops it,
There are some fights you’re never going to win…..Sometimes, you can turn things to your advantage….But ofttimes, it’s best just to quietly chart your own course. You don’t have to be loud to effect great change.
Just because there is silence does not mean nothing is happening;
Silent does not mean weak.Know that sometimes keeping your own counsel is a good thing,
And never be afraid to stand alone when you believe in something.
Sometimes, it takes standing alone to find out who your friends really are – And with them you will move forward.
Winter illustrates that power in numbers – And we see that working together can create a totally different vista. Winter also prompts us to remember that there are always new beginnings –
Fresh, clean landscapes,
Just waiting for you to make them yours.Oh, there will always be more hills to climb,But there will also be times so lovely, you just won’t believe it!Where there is a will, there is a way…..
Sometimes, it’s just a matter of looking at something in a new way….
But you’ll know when you’ve found your direction…..
It will be the bridge between where you are and where you want to be….