In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer. Albert Camus
During the winter, the world goes into survival mode. Animals hibernate and live off their stores of fat. Trees stop gathering light for photosynthesis. They lose their leaves and stop growing.
At times in our life, winter hits all of us, and we focus on our own survival. We move inside ourselves and hunker down.
Sometimes we forget that seasons change.
Eventually, winter has to end to make way for spring when new growth begins. The bear will shake off sleep and lumber out of the cave. The trees grows buds and opens new leaves to the sun. Likewise, it’s time for you to open your eyes, stand tall, take a deep breath, and get ready, because summer is coming.
Summer is about abundance. The long days provide an abundance of sun. The sun provides an abundance of food for the plants who grow taller and bigger. The plants provide an abundance of sustenance for the animals around them who grow healthy and fat.
There is no withdrawing in summer. The plants and animals who withdraw in summer, don’t survive the winter. Summer is about life and living and making the most of the time.
Inside us, there is an invincible summer we can call on throughout the year. That summer is accessed by giving. Your giving creates sunshine in the world that lights up the days of those around you.
Give, because it’s always summer. How are you going to live and make the most of your time here?