|I wouldn't trade these frosty winter morning views|
for all the palm trees in Hawaii.
A frostbitten year in review
I’ve made my home in the woods. When I came back almost two years ago I did not plan to stay long. This place was a sanctuary, a haven, familiar and safe, but I did not plan to stay. I came here to rest, think, and regroup. Returning from the cities, my eyes were reopened to the majesty of the wild. I spent almost all of my time outdoors and I loved every second of it.
Back then I was searching, clawing, hungry. I was redefining my life. All I felt were growing pains and heart aches. I didn’t know where I was headed, all I had in front of me was the present - the current of life in motion - and that’s exactly what I needed.
I learned how to be in the present without my past defining everything and without the future overwhelming me. I wrote to you about it often, and that helped put things into perspective.
With that perspective came a chance to begin to see things clearly, as if for the first time. Like a clear winter day, when the frost crusts over everything and the sun comes out, the whole world shimmers in the daylight. It’s blinding, when the sun hits the snow covered world - it’s as blinding as the truth, and it gives fuel to optimism.
To remain resolute in optimism I think we have to be ok with constantly reassessing our goals. That is, not exactly redefining them but checking in from time to time to be sure that what we’re aiming for is still close to our own truths - what we really believe. I think a good way to do this is setting aside some time to review the progress of our lives at the end of the year.