Being: Conscious, mortal existence; life.
Every month we welcome two families, two people, two voices to share their stories in whatever way they choose. This month, as we prepare to launch the spring edition of the Rhythm of the Home magazine, we have asked a handful of former Being contributors to return with reflections on life in winter. We hope that you find joy in their daily lives, and their simple habit of just being.
I love winter.
I’m not sure how people organize their lives if they don’t have distinct seasons. I wonder if I would pay as close attention to the world around me if it wasn’t constantly changing.
Summer seems focused outward: toward the outdoors, travel, exploring, meeting friends. Winter seems focused inward: toward home, family, the faces across the candle-lit dinner table.
I don’t just burrow into my home in the winter; I burrow into myself. I draw the curtains and consider my thoughts.
Like the birds and animals in our woods, we catch that first cold wind and treat it as a signal to withdraw to warmth and safety. The house is thoroughly cleaned and the garden is tucked away under its blanket of mulch. The bicycles and kayaks are put away and the sleds are brought out of the barn.
The hawks and owls sit in the top branches of the leafless trees with a clear view of the woods and fields. Winter gives me that same unobstructed view. I look back at the year that was and ahead at the year that will be, and I make plans.
We talk about what we want to accomplish over the cold months and they seem swept clean and bare — a clean surface for building something new. Winter is, for us, a time of anticipation and excitement. Outside, everything is dormant, waiting to burst forth in a few months. Our projects seem the same. We are planting seeds and looking forward to a rich harvest.
I love winter. I love those swept-clean months and those new plans. I love the snow and the frozen creek and the winter hikes where the stag who hides all summer can be seen standing in full view.
Winter is always revealing something. It’s taught me to pay attention, because I want to see what it has to show me.
We are so very pleased to welcome Lori Pickert back to the blog today! Lori is an educator, writer, and mother of two, as well as the author of Project-Based Homeschooling: Mentoring Self-Directed Learners. Lori’s popular blog has become a go-to resource for many, many families interested in finding ways to encourage their children to become passionate and creative thinkers. Check it out!
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