Be loyal to winter..

By | March 7, 2009

Danette found (by way of The Wish Jar) an excerpt from a novel by Rick Bass. I really like this, and it has helped push through the winter here in Timberlakes.

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“There’s a point where you can give up on winter–when temptation can enter your soul, prying its way in like cold air through the cracks in your cabin–around January sixteenth or so, and this can make you realize that February’s coming, and beyond February, March.

See, I don’t yet realize that March will be the hardest month. Early February’s the coldest, and often the snowiest, but March, strange, silent March, will be the hardest.

The danger in yielding to thoughts of spring–green grass, hikes, bare feet, lakes, fly-fishing, rivers, and sun, hot sun–is that once these thoughts enter your mind, you cant get them out.

Love the winter. Don’t betray it. Be loyal.

When the spring gets here, love it too–and then the summer.

But be loyal to the winter, all the way through–all the way, and with sincerity–or you’ll find yourself high and dry, longing for a spring that’s a long way off, and winter will have abandoned you, and in her place you’ll have cabin fever, the worst.

The colder it gets, the more you’ve got to love it.”

Rick Bass, excerpt from “Winter: Notes from Montana”

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5 thoughts on “Be loyal to winter..

  1. Sarah

    I like this one, it makes you stop and look at the present; which these days of bigger, better, faster, more, more, more, pull us away from every chance they get. Makes you appreciate the “now” of life there’s a ton crammed in it!

  2. skis equipment

    I like this also. I think it is saying to be happy no matter what. Even though things might not be your favorite or the best, love what you are going though. Going though a tough time right now and this really helped – yes I do need to love what is going on and things will get better.

  3. Gary M

    I am trying to focus more on what’s important to appreciate in the present, rather than what might come…or what you want and don’t have. Thanks for the comment Sarah, and glad we could help “Skis”. (with your tough time right now AND your link building for your site – Ha)

  4. Linda

    Be loyal to the moment, whatever it is. As they say, live everyday like it is your last (if we could only remember that, as we begin our day). We might not like some moments as much as others, but the down moments are the moments that make us aware and make us grow.

    Thanks for sharing

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