How “Wintering” Can Re-Energize You

One positive thing during these long pandemic months has been the opportunity to listen to podcasts while walking in my neighborhood.  On a recent cold, sunny day I was encouraged by the concepts outlined by Katherine May in How Wintering Replenishes.  She writes in her book, “Once we stop wishing it were summer, winter can be a glorious season.  It’s a time for reflection and recuperation, for slow replenishment, for putting your house in order.  Doing those deeply unfashionable things—slowing down, letting your spare time expand, getting enough sleep, resting—is a radical act now, but it is essential.”

Ways to Re-Energize

After a very busy fourth quarter in which I enjoyed facilitating several in-person team events, new ones have been postponed until the omicron surge declines.  As an action oriented person, it’s hard for me to go back to “winter” mode of Zoom calls.  Here are a few ways I’m trying to make the most of this opportunity to re-energize myself:

  • Scheduling conversations instead of texting
  • Doing one thing at a time
  • Keeping a gratitude journal

A Season of Life

Wintering is a season of life as well as a season of the year.  Katherine May says, “We have seasons when we flourish, and seasons when the leaves fall from us, revealing our bare bones.  Given time, they grow again.”  How are you growing during this season of your life?