“Plants and animals don’t fight the winter; they don’t pretend it’s not happening and attempt to carry on living the same lives that they lived in the summer. They prepare. They adapt. They perform extraordinary acts of metamorphosis to get them through. Winter is a time of withdrawing from the world, maximizing scant resources, carrying out acts of brutal efficiency and vanishing from sight; but that’s where the transformation occurs. Winter is not the death of the life cycle, but it crucible.”
—Katherine May, Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times
I love the look of this book. I find it takes much more effort to stay positive in winter. The weather (and constant fog in northeastern Switzerland) has a way of bringing you down. Going for a winter walk in the peacefulness of nature, or above the clouds to the hill or mountain tops really can lift your spirits! So not quite withdrawing but just finding a way to keep happy.