I don't know. Just does.
So, for my cure for the winter mellowies, I try to get creative. I write when I feel inspired (or when I just can't hold out and whine any more about just doing it!), I go outside when I'm brave, I sit inside in the sun soaking up feel-good Vitamin D and the sun's holy rays, and I try - try - to motivate myself. There's no guarantees, but I do try to get some stuff done.
I suppose we could all be doing more - feeding the homeless (which I do do), fighting for clean air and water for everyone (I try to stay abreast of this matter and pollute as little as possible), reduce/reuse/recycle (all three are favorites of mine and I do often), paying bills, playing with the kids, taking the dog for a walk, being with friends. There is always more we can do. But do we need to do it all?
I've tried it. I've been there, done that. And yes, we can be doing more, but should we? How long until we burn ourselves out like a spent light bulb because we burned for too many hours in a continuous attempt to light the path for everyone? Only until all we can do is flicker.
I don't want to flicker anymore. When my light shines, I want it to shine brightly for others to see because I have put my best effort forward. I don't need to be on all the time; it's okay to turn off the lights once in awhile and let the power plants take a rest. Rest, rejuvenate, reclaim. Truthfully, that's what the rest of nature is doing. And maybe that's why in the winter months, we want to do the same.
So, I think I will curl up with a good book, put down my need to type and be okay with just being.
www.michellehankes.com. I added some new picture books I have been working on and updated a few pages. Let me know what you think!
Love and happy things,