Saturday, August 25, 2012

Winter To Prepare for Work Ahead

Of the four seasons, winter is one that appears dead and unproductive. Hard ground, cold weather. However, winter is a significant season of growth. It's a time when you clear out dead things, trash, and rocks that are in the way of future development. You repair the broken fences or appliances. You plan ahead to prepare the way for a fruitful future harvest.

In the context of healing from trauma or brokenness, "winter" is waiting time. Positive personal moratorium. You may use this season to set schedules, resources, and supports to have time and space for your needs as well as goals. The "winter" of personal recovery lets you repair and put important things together, settle in, and get ready for growth.  

Indeed, it's not "winter" forever! There is a next season. But, in order for a full harvest to take place next season, you need to adapt to and use your "winter" time in the context of the personal struggles you are currently experiencing. Keep working, keep repairing, keep making a way.

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