Leviticus 25:4 “But in the seventh year there shall be a Sabbath of solemn rest for the land, a Sabbath to the Lord. You shall not sow your field or prune your vineyard.”
Is it just time to be “at ease” about it all? Is it time to rest from your life’s work? Is it time to go a few weekends without movement, toiling, schedules, a to do list? I see many of us worrying about the same thing over and over. The same situations, the same people, when will we ever let them go? They are already gone from our grasp, but still are taking up residence in out heads and hearts. We have to be doing something or we are being lazy is how many of us were raised, what we were told, or what we saw. Change is inevitable and all things must come to an end we quote, but yet we prolong by holding on.
There’s a transition of the seasons. Just because it’s an official date for summer doesn’t mean summer comes on that day. However, summer doesn’t transition all of fall either. Are the leaves turning or have they turned in your life? Have the leaves fallen from the tree and are you still trying to get as much shade as you would from spring’s tree? Is it time to be “at ease” ? Straight backs and a stiff upper lip, chin up, tummy in, forward march or sit down? The parade is over. The war is over. The season is over. Take some time off or take off and never look back. At ease.
Winter slows us down. Great. We need it. For many of us cooler or colder temps, heavy snow, rigid temperatures, a lull in tourists, all change the way we do things for a season. We can learn from each season and borrow from each one and apply the lessons to our own lives throughout the year. Basically, there is a time and season for everything.
Winter blessings bring the holidays of Christmas, New Year’s Eve and Day, and Valentine’s Day. If it’s too commercial for you, then make it less commercial. (yes I wish they would stop with the advertising in stores as soon as one holiday pass they are already putting up items for the next holiday. Seems like they could learn a lesson from winter. Chill.) I like the energy it brings. It is a cozy season. People seem to be less in a rush, more cheerful, more polite, lighthearted, and loving. Easy going. I like the gathering of family and friends during this time. It’s slowed down and no one is in a rush to get back in the cold weather to leave. They linger just a little longer. Winter brings about the blessing of quietness. Nature has a quietness and a stillness. In the midst winter birds such as cardinals, jays, and chickadees are singing or within our view. They love my tiny backyard.
Another thing about the stillness of winter is it’s very meditative. It is very calm. You can sit and stare out the window. Meditation. You have know idea what you were thinking or looking at. All is still until a squirrel scurries along or a bird rests on the fence. It’s reflective. You think about the year that is passing and the year to come. You begin to make preparation or get organized….well at least mentally.
As a person that has a few illnesses that makes cooler weather difficult and harsh on the body, I made a conscious decision not to let my illness ruin this season. It’s a conscious choice you have to make on your own. Winter is just being winter. It’s my body that is the problem. And even with that, I prepare not only physically as much as I can, but also mentally as much as I can.