Winter has never been my favourite season. I’ve always struggled to find joy or optimism in the harshness of winter. Not to be dramatic, but winter genuinely feels like an attack on my soul.
However, I’m slowly learning to embrace this winter season. I see it now for what it is.
Winter is the season of stillness and rest. It’s a period of regeneration, reflection and introspection. In a society that is driven by productivity and action, winter is the opposite. It’s the yin to our yang.
Winter gives us permission to slow down. She gently points us in her quiet soft way towards our inner self, towards this annual time of peace and reflection, embracing the darkness. What happens outside of us, is often a reflection inside of us too.
Here are a few quotes that help me see the beauty in the darkness, the warmth despite the cold. They are all Australian friendly. By that I mean, they are not about snowcapped mountains and Christmas. The Northern Hemisphere is quick to forget that there is an entire Southern Hemisphere going through winter while they are enjoying summer.
The color of springtime is in the flowers; the color of winter is in the imagination.
– Terri Guillemets
“There is a privacy about it which no other season gives you…. In spring, summer and fall people sort of have an open season on each other; only in the winter, in the country, can you have longer, quiet stretches when you can savour belonging to yourself.”
— Ruth Stout
“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.”
― John Steinbeck
“Winter is nature‘s sleep.”
— H.S. Jacobs
“Spring passes and one remembers one’s innocence.
Summer passes and one remembers one’s exuberance.
Autumn passes and one remembers one’s reverence.
Winter passes and one remembers one’s perseverance.”
― Yoko Ono
“Nothing burns like the cold.”
― George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones
“We cannot stop the winter or the summer from coming. We cannot stop the spring or the fall or make them other than they are. They are gifts from the universe that we cannot refuse. But we can choose what we will contribute to life when each arrives.”
― Garry Zukhav
“They who sing through the summer must dance in the winter.”
― Italian Proverb
“Winter, a lingering season, is a time to gather golden moments, embark upon a sentimental journey, and enjoy every idle hour.”
― John Boswell
“One can follow the sun, of course, but I have always thought that it is best to know some winter, too, so that the summer, when it arrives, is the more gratefully received.”
— Beatriz Williams
“The fire is winter’s fruit.”
— Arabian Proverb
“I do an awful lot of thinking and dreaming about things in the past and the future – the timelessness of the rocks and the hills – all the people who have existed there. I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape – the loneliness of it, the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn’t show.”
— Andrew Wyeth
“It seems like everything sleeps in winter, but it’s really a time of renewal and reflection.”
— Elizabeth Camden
“There is an instinctive withdrawal for the sake of preservation, a closure that assumes the order of completion. Winter is a season unto itself.”
— Haruki Murakami
“Winter either bites with its teeth or lashes with its tail.”
— Montenegro Proverb
“In winter, I plot and plan. In spring, I move.”
— Henry Rollins
“No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn.”
– Hal Borland
“In the middle of winter I at last discovered that there was in me an invincible summer.”
— Albert Camus