A Light in Winter

“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.” -Albert Camus


For those of us in the Midwest, it has been a long Winter, and we aren’t even to February yet. I find that I have to dig a little deeper to find my true self amongst all the thoughts that swirl around in my head when I’m stuck inside. For me a long walk is clarifying, and I haven’t really been able to take much of one when the winds are blowing at 20 below. Brrr….

Sometimes being pushed a little to remember who I am (because I’m sure hoping that the crazy person talking inside my mind isn’t ME) shows me a few things I am doing that hold me back when I can’t seem to move forward. I’ve learned again and again that whatever is bothering me is a flashing signal trying to get my attention. “Hey there, April! You need to figure out why this same negative thought reappears in your mind day after day. When are you going to get over it, look at it in a new way and then baby, just let it go? Whatever you have to do, just do it: Have that conversation, forgive yourself, stop tripping over something behind you, stop worrying about what is in front of you. Because, honey, your life gets a lot less interesting while you’re dragging that baggage into everything you do.”

My friend Marty has a sweet little girl named Sarah. Her birthday is in January and she missed all her fun because she was sick. I wrote this little birthday song to cheer her, and myself, up on a cold winter day a few years ago. A good reminder that even in the gloom, we can still shine. In fact, the darker the day, the more of your light the world needs.

What do you do to cheer yourself up and get back on track through a long winter?

3 thoughts on “A Light in Winter

  1. at the very least I open my paints and run them around the page a bit. if time, I’ll even open the oils, whose smell is so captivating! this weather doesn’t give our noses much to do beyond soup and coffee, right? so the smell of oil paint, or a lit beeswax candle can really bring me back to center.


  2. I make something to cheer myself up. Yesterday I made valentine gift bags for my nephews and today I am thinking about some homemade valentine’s cards. It just feels good to accomplish something even if it is small.


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