In a few more days we will move our clocks ahead and the daylight hours will have been extended. Except for a few brief cold spells, winter treated this region quite kindly. The Rocky Mountain States can’t quite say the same with the heights of snowbanks they’ve seen this winter.
There are dark times in all seasons of our lives and if we can find joy in the journey it makes a big difference. As artist Henri Matisse once said, “there are always roses for those who want to see them.” In my dabbling this winter, I watched a few very basic video lessons about illustration and painting flowers which made me look closely at how each petal, stem and leaf is formed and how white spaces in watercolor painting is very useful. The darkness of winter does much of the same. It acts as breathing space for us human beings, allowing us to better appreciate the newness of life and the blooming flowers come spring.
Is there anything you did differently in your wintering that made your dark days of winter a little brighter?