Do you have an ever green spirit?

robin and cedar
 Texture by Kim Klassen: Just Be 70% screen

The pine stays green in winter…wisdom in hardship.
~Norman Douglas

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!

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10 thoughts on “Do you have an ever green spirit?

  1. Good way to think of the past and the future, Lisa. I was happy with some of the family’s growth this year, but kick myself for some of the lost opportunities.

    Thinking about your analogy makes me realize that this is why I eventually want to move somewhere that has no winters. Haha.

    Happy New Year.

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  2. Gorgeous Texture Twist Lisa! I’ve always felt that Winter is time for planning and reflecting on the past seasons of life. This is when we can insight to the seeds we want to plant in Spring, which we will nurture in Summer, and harvest the rewards in Fall. Maybe it’s just part of being a farmers daughter. 😉

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  3. Oh, what a great picture! I think last year, (at least the later part of it) taught me to work on patience and letting go. Overall it was a good year, but I’m definitely ready for 2014. Happy New Year!

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