Monday Meditation: After Winter, Always Spring

No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn.

-Hal Borland

The seasons are inevitable; we cannot stop them from coming no matter how hard we (or another) might wish to try. We cannot keep the cycle of change from running its natural course. Grief has its seasons as well, the hardest of which is the dark winter that swallows us immediately after loss. As is the nature of seasons, the winter of grief will return–sometimes it will be worse than previously, other times better.

Even after the most grueling winter, an energizing spring emerges and reminds us there is still beauty and warmth in the world. Trust in the process, as difficult and as dark as it seems. With a little time we learn to adjust, life does improve (though it may never fully be the same again), and hope remains in our grasp.

Published by ancarroll

Alexandra N. Carroll is an Adjunct Professor at St. Michael's College in Vermont. She writes on grief and self-care from her home in Burlington. In her spare time, Alexandra crochets, reads, and explores.

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