December First: A Fresh Start

photography of road during winter season
Photo by Postmans on

It is the first of December 2018. Times and seasons continue to change. For our family this will be the first year the truth about Santa has been revealed. I’m quite certain the kids have been leading us along the last couple of years (at least), and I love them for it.

Now is the time of fresh starts.  This is the season that makes everything new.

There is a longstanding rumor that Spring is the time of renewal, but that’s only if you ignore the depressing clutter and din of the season.

All that flowering and budding and birthing— the messy youthfulness of Spring actually verges on squalor.  

Spring is too busy, too full of itself, too much like a 20-year-old to be the best time for reflection, re-grouping, and starting fresh.

For that you need December. You need to have lived through the mindless biological imperatives of your life (to bud, and flower, and show off) before you can see that a landscape of new fallen snow is THE REAL YOU.

December has the clarity, the simplicity, and the silence you need for the best FRESH START of your life.

~ Vivian Swift, When Wanderers Cease to Roam: A Traveler’s Journal of Staying Put

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