The pine stays green in winter…wisdom in hardship.
Or, in this case, the cedar tree.
We tend to relate season of winter with seasons of hardship in our lives. Depending on where we live, winters tend to be long and hard, with gray days and little warmth. And that’s exactly how we feel when hardship and struggles hit us, isn’t it?
It’s the end of the year. Many of us will reflect on the past 12 months and decide whether the year was a keeper or one we’d just as soon forget. If you’re like me, the year was a mixed bag of highs and lows. I always prefer the highs, but it’s usually in the lows where I gain the most wisdom, and learn the most about myself.
And just as the pine and cedar trees stay green during the harshest of winters, it’s during those bleak times in our lives when having wisdom can keep us from making knee-jerk reactions or losing all form of sanity. Wisdom is the ability to discern right from wrong, truth from deception, and hope from despair, which are all great things to have when facing hard times. Have you noticed we always emerge smarter and wiser after an especially difficult time in our lives? Maybe a little ragged, but always wiser.
During winter, it’s easy to lose sight of the big picture and focus only on the inconvenience and uncomfortableness of how we feel at that particular moment. But each difficult encounter teaches us not only lessons about life, but about ourselves so we’re better able to keep an ever green spirit and capable of handling those seasonal hardships.
What kind of year did you have? What ever green wisdom did you gain?
May you all have a wonderful, prosperous and very green new year!