Winter can be a harsh season to endure. With its short dark days, cold temperatures and the loss of all things green and flowery around you. And even while knowing that eventually spring will come back with its vibrancy and vitality, it can still be challenging to sit in the presence of the uncomfortableness that winter can bring. This is yet another metaphor that nature teaches us about life. Just as the moon goes through phases so do all of us, and not all of these phases are fun or comfortable. And even if in the midst of these moments somewhere in the back of our minds we know it won’t last forever, we can still forget and it can still be painful. When we can no longer see a flower in the winter time but know that we will see it again in spring, it can still be disheartening while we’re waiting to see it again; just as when we are dealing with something in our lives that is painful and we know (or at least hope) that it will get better over time, it can still be disheartening. But sometimes in the winter, we experience an odd day where there’s more sun shining than usual for this time of year, and the weather isn’t quite as bone-chillingly cold as it’s been. And maybe that’s a small victory, but it’s something. And maybe in your life, in the midst of dealing with pain you were able to smile and laugh about something small, even if only for a moment. And maybe that’s a small victory, but it’s something. Sometimes with the darkness of winter we forget that the sun will come back out again. Sometimes in the darkness of our lives we forget that the sun will come back again. And some winters last longer than others and sometimes winters are shorter and we get an early spring. But regardless of how long it takes for the sun to show its face again, may we somewhere, even if it’s really hard and really, really deep down, hold hope that the sun WILL shine again, leaving behind the dead of winter and rebirthing into the life of spring. The darkness may be painful, but the healing of the sun is worth the wait. ❄️☀️ Just some thoughts I had about the winter season and the change of seasons.