November 23, 2010
"In the midst of winter, I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer." --- Albert Camus
What do you do when winter comes? How do you deal with endless dark, gray days? How do you deal with the "winter" of the soul?
One of my favorite books is Leo Lionni's Frederick. Although written for children, it is deceptively simple, yet profound.
Everyone in the little field mouse family works day and night preparing for winter, all except Frederick. When asked why he doesn't work, Frederick replies, "I do work." He gathers colors, the sun's rays, and words. When the food runs out and everyone is cold, his family remembers Frederick's supplies. I'll leave it up to you to read the book and see what happens.
Sometimes, we need to be reminded that there is much, much more to life than work. Our spirits need renewal and refreshment as much as our bodies. Memories and words sustain us long after the event.
During this busy holiday season, take time to build beautiful memories to sustain you. Happy Thanksgiving!