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Embracing the Season

In a few days’ time it will officially be winter here, in the Southern Hemisphere. South Africa’s winter is generally pleasant sunny weather with cloudless blue skies, disrupted now and then by a few days of cold fronts. We are amid one of these cold fronts and it is unpleasantly cold. I’m quite aware that winter blues can kick in so easily.

Looking over my garden, I witnessed leaves falling and plants wither as we enter a cold and dry season. Winter is coming on strong and I’m reminding myself that it’s not a reason to hang up the gardening tools. Now is the time to help the garden survive and thrive during this time, plenty sun, good soil and water as needed. I need to take care of the garden but just as important, it is also a time to take care of my health. Taking care of my health will help to keep my body and my mind in the best shape possible. Changing to a positive mind and embracing the season can be the antidote for fatigue and sadness that often occurs during the winter season.

I’m also reminding myself that winter is important to us and that I should embrace the season. The cold is necessary and a warm winter can wreak havoc on agriculture.

Despite the gloom we’ve been told about winter, cold weather may actually be really good for your health. Cold weather can reduce inflammation and pain. This is a good reason to keep exercising in winter, as this may result in less inflammation and soreness than in the summer.

Winter after autumn foreshadow spring

The perfect season to snuggle up and get cosy  

A time to enjoy healthy fruits and vegetables

Many a tree survive by losing its leaves

Nearly all plants go dormant as its time to rest

Some animals enter a deep sleep called hibernation

All in the name of winter, so let’s embrace!

Winter reminds me of change, and that change is inevitable, normal, and yet also necessary.

A little nudge to myself to embrace the season, embrace the change, and to accept that I can’t keep everything under control. As terrifying as this thought is, it’s also very liberating. I know that I have to embrace change, as its key to my growth and greatly affects my overall success and happiness.

By HensBlooms

I believe in God, love and life! Married to my friend, mentor and rock. We have been blessed with two beautiful girls. My personal journey provides opportunities for me to empower individuals to lead better lives. I have had a real desire to work with people for a long time and have always been fascinated with human behaviour and understanding how the mind works.
I love the following quote by H. Jackson Brown, Jr. “Remember that children, marriages and flower gardens reflect the kind of care they get”

17 replies on “Embracing the Season”

Thanks for this Henrietta … it’s definitely food for thought for this coming winter.
I use winter as the perfect excuse to catch up on reading some books that I “neglected” during summer (because there is just so much to do out in nature during summer time 🌞). It’s also a great time to make different (healthy) soups on the stove … though, at this moment, winter in East London feels like spring on the west coast.
Take care of yourself this season and thanks for your lovely thoughts 💕.

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Thank you for sharing wonderful thoughts and photo!.. yes, change is the law of life and life does put challenges/storms in our path and the old normal slowly gives way to the new normal…“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain”. (Author Unknown) so get your dancing shoes on and get ready for a new adventure.. 🙂

Hope all is well in your part of the universe and until we meet again..
May love and laughter light your days,
and warm your heart and home.
May good and faithful friends be yours,
wherever you may roam.
May peace and plenty bless your world
with joy that long endures.
May all life’s passing seasons
bring the best to you and yours!
(Irish Saying)

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This is lovely Henrietta and I agree we need the seasons. You brought up some very good points about the weather and seasons. Here it stayed so hot last year that the red ants and yellow jackets never hibernated which caused a lot of problems for many residential areas. I like you positivity Henrietta, it is contagious. Sending love and blessing to you and your family. Love Joni

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You are welcome. Right now positive reads are always appreciated and I can tell your heart is connected to nature and you have a kind spirit. Thank you for the blessings. 🦋


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