Being stuck at home with the roads iced over and just my thoughts for company, the snow and quiet gave me plenty of time to think. For someone like me, someone who over-thinks everything, that’s not necessarily a good thing. However, I’m so intrigued with the universe it’s caused me to enjoy my isolation.
This morning amid the rush of conducting interviews, setting up photo shoots, finishing up my latest review project, writing my articles in a mad dash to meet tomorrow’s deadlines, and laughing at the silliness of my friends on Facebook, I caught a moment of reflection. As I stood by the French doors, sipping on a cup of hot cocoa and watching the birds play in the snow, I meditated on a quote by philosopher Albert Camus.
“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.”
Within us all abides everything we need to navigate this life. Martha Beck, author of Finding Your Own North Star delicately states it as, “Explorers depend on the North Star when there are no other landmarks in sight. The same relationship exists between you and your right life, the ultimate realization of your potential for happiness. I believe that the knowledge of that perfect life sits inside you just as the North Star sits in its unfaltering spot.”
I understand going through winter, and I’m not talking about cold temperatures and snow, but a season in life where everything is in hibernation, cold, hidden. This has me pondering what Camus meant by an invincible summer. Invincible means incapable of being conquered, subdued, or defeated; insuperable, insurmountable. I’ve learned recently, having been afraid concerning the defeat of my soul, I’m stronger than I thought and haven’t faltered. I still breathe. I still live. I still hope. I still believe in better days and finding success in life and love; shining beneath the summer sun.
To me, summer is happiness, joy and freedom. So, according to Camus and Beck, I have everything within me, no matter what season I’m going through, to possess an invincible summer. I believe it. As I stare at the snow, I don’t see cold and wet, but beauty and wonder.
The same is true for everyone …we all possess the same potential. So, even as we brave the snow and ice …let our inner light shine.
Till next time,