These days I’m finding it harder and harder to leave the house. The days are short. The season is bitterly cold. The holidays are a distant memory and my New Year’s resolution stands mocking me in the corner.
According to Punxsutawney Phil we’re in for 6 more weeks of winter. 6 more weeks of iced sidewalks, darkness by 4:00 PM, and layers upon layers of sweaters.
But the groundhog’s prediction got me thinking: What will I do with this time?
In the warmer months, it seems like everyone is on the go. There’s so much life to be lived outdoors that as we rush from one activity to the next our family members and friends become like passing acquaintances. This time of year is different.
This time of year, our homes become beacons of light against the darkness. I was reminded of this fact over the weekend when we entertained a number of people in our home. Over good food and good wine we shared stories. Funny stories, family treasures, heart wrenching stories, “ah ha” moments, and tales of “at least I know better now.” Each teller lit up the room and with each passing tale our home became warmer and warmer.
Perhaps that’s what this time of year is about. Reflection and sharing. Maybe it's about coming in from the cold and finding time to warm those around us with laughter and story. I guess it's not such a bad way to spend 6 more weeks after all...