Bare Bones of Winter

In the Winter, when everything is bare, the evergreens remind us that the Earth is still alive, that warmer weather will return. For me, they symbolize hope, protection, security, and growth. When I feel stripped bare ~ overworked, overwhelmed, or just plain exhausted ~ I have to force myself to slow down with deep, even inhalations and exhalations, to take a moment and just watch the snow float down to the Earth. It's about letting things happen instead of trying to control everything. It's about rest and renewal in order to move forward with grace and Zen. It's a warm blanket of evergreens. As my mother always told me as a child, "You'll feel better in the morning." Sleep sweet, everyone.