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Finding Meaning In Winter

The irony is not lost that I came rushing in here to write you this love note.

The past 3 months have been a blur of rushing to get things done. Good things. I would even say extraordinary things. But lots and lots of doing.

I wanted to share something with you, I am working on this week.

I was struck last weekend by a conversation in our private Slack channel for our Extraordinary Horsemanship Coaching Program…

Sometimes talks get deep as we share what is happening in our lives and with our horses.

In this particular conversation, we had a common thread of feeling drawn to be outdoors with the horses, making progress,
and maybe even searching for a bit of deeper meaning & purpose in the year ahead.

But the weather and the short days bring us indoors.

In my mind’s eye, I see a simpler time, when the darkness and cold fell, and a candle was lit.

And people would draw close to a fire for warmth, maybe to read by the candlelight, maybe to write, maybe to plan.

Life was perhaps different, more of a time of survival.

Where rest & preparing for the next day was not a luxury but a necessity.

Spring is a time of planting.

Summer is a time of nurturing and action.

Fall is a time of harvest.

Winter is a time to slow down. To restore.

Have you ever just stood outside on a snowy night and just listened to the silence?

Maybe God’s design for winter is meant for us to be still for a moment.

To prepare for a new season.

To listen, to reflect, to rest, to restore, to heal, to dream a bit but to be content in who we are and where we are in our journey.

On the day I am writing this, for those of us North of the Equator, is the Winter Solstice.

The shortest day, the longest night.

And then tomorrow our days get longer again and round the sun we go.

Tonight I wish you rest, comfort, quiet… a time to just be.

Hear your horses munching hay in the quiet darkness, see the steam coming off their breath.

… and take a  deep breath yourself.

Plans will all work out. You will get everything important you need to do done.

Hear the sound of your breath now.

Look deep into the eyes of the people and animals you love.

Memorize every line on their face.

Absorb the sound of voices and every nicker.

Be present and let go of the struggle to be somewhere where you are not

and know… you are… exactly… where you are supposed to be right now.

I will be taking this advice for myself also.

I love you so much,
Jenny

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