Baby, It’s Cold Outside: The Gifts of Winter

Visitor by Irina Garmashova

Brrrr…It’s cold outside.

The postcards from a couple of my love notes pals–received a couple of weeks ago–seem to predict the weather we’ve been having in Northern Alabama lately. I’m convinced this winter’s frigid temperatures (so far) are payback for last winter’s warmth.

It’s no secret. I’m not crazy about cold weather. But there are good things about winter, so I won’t complain too loudly. Interestingly, I just read the quote included with the holiday postcard from Suzette R., another Love Notes pal, that reminds us that winter has its gifts.

May you grow still enough to hear the small noises earth makes in preparing for the long sleep of winter, so that you yourself may grow calm and grounded deep within. May you grow still enough to hear the trickling of water seeping into the ground, so that your soul may be softened and healed, and guided in its flow. May you grow still enough to hear the splintering of starlight in the winter sky and the roar at earth’s fiery core. May you grow still enough to hear the stir of a single snowflake in the air, so that your inner silence may turn into hushed expectation.  –Br. David Steindl-Rast

Stillness. Silence. Hushed expectation. These are the gifts that winter offers as we await awakening in the spring.

Photo by Lisa C., Chasing the Sun 

[Notes on Postcards: From Eileen V., “The Visitor,”Artwork by Irina Garmashova-Cawton Fine Arts. From Lisa C., “Winter Bird,” Photography by Lisa Comperry].

11 thoughts on “Baby, It’s Cold Outside: The Gifts of Winter

  1. franhunne4u says:

    “Stillness. Silence. Hushed expectation. ”
    And then I am sitting here, nearly five more hours to go till midnight – and hear already crackling and banging noises of fire crackers … Some are on it for over an hour already 😦 But tomorrow will be post-apocalyptical silent … you will still smell the stench of superstition but the amateur fireworkers will still sleep off their hangover.

    And on Tuesday I have to got to work again.

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    • Chandra Lynn says:

      Oh gosh! That is the cruelty. New Year’s celebrations on Monday, and work on Tuesday. Sorry about those firecrackers. I used to be really annoyed by them when my son was little-always concerned they’d wake him up and then I’d have to fight to get him back to sleep.

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