Winter brings dramatic change to our natural surroundings. But it can also be a season for introspection as we retreat from the world, seeking the peace and tranquility we need during cold days and deep nights.

In winter the stars seem to have rekindled their fires, the moon achieves a fuller triumph, and the heavens wear a look of a more exalted simplicity. – John Burroughs

The stillness of winter evenings can recall our deepest longing for beauty and solitude in existence. We begin to see sparkles of ourselves in each star and snowflake, and we hopefully develop similar peacefulness and tranquility in our daily reflections.

 

Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home. ― Edith Sitwell

Warm drinks and soothing conversations with loved ones can also help ease the sting of cold nights and spur us to appreciate the season as a time of companionship and intimacy. By coming together we realize that we are not alone in this season or any other.

 

What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness. – John Steinbeck

Winter makes us reflect on the year as a whole, realizing that we must enjoy warmth and light when we have it, and also understanding that night and cold will not last forever, that we are permanently connected to a good and wonderful cycle of change.

 

In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer. – Albert Camus

All things end and begin anew. In winter we see that in each end lies a beginning, a new spring to hope for. And we see that the things we carry inside the compartments of the heart are the things that determine our true character over outside factors – that deep inside all of us is a sun that burns endlessly.