Life is Like The Seasons: Winter
Today I want to share encouraging winter quotes to pull you through when times get tough. Life is like the seasons and these encouraging winter quotes can serve as a reminder that no winter lasts forever.
Winters can be tough and sometimes feel like they will never end. That can also feel true about the winters we experience in out own lives. We can go through our own personal winters as we experience disappointment, discouragement or loss for example. However, we can learn to embrace the cold harsh winters and handle them with grace.
Jim Rohn, one of the greatest personal development and motivational speakers of all time, has spoken about how life is like the seasons. I would like to share his words of encouragement about how to manage the winters in our own lives.
If it isn’t your winter, you will be able to gain insight on what to do to prepare for your own upcoming personal winter.
“No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn.” -Hal Borland
What is the Winter of Life?
Just like all the seasons, winters will always come. And it always comes after fall, the time of opportunity. Winter might be a time of disappointment, discouragement, loneliness, or tragedy. It might be an economic, social, or personal winter.
Winters can be short or long. They can be harsh or mild. In harsh winters you may be experiencing strife that accompanies:
- Losing your Job
- Losing a Loved One
- A Bad Break-Up or Divorce
- A Child who has Fallen Ill
- An Injury
- Loss of Purpose or Meaning
- Accumulating Debt
The negative effects of COVID also have thrown many of us into a winter as some families had to stay apart due to COVID.
“Spring passes and one remembers one’s innocence.
Summer passes and one remembers one’s exuberance.
Autumn passes and one remembers one’s reverence.
Winter passes and one remembers one’s perseverance.”– Yoko Ono
Learn to Let Go When Times are Tough
We can’t avoid the winters. They will come.
They always do.
Wouldn’t it be nice if it was the summer of life (the time of plenty), at all times? Of course, but unfortunately, that’s not going to happen for any of us.
But what we can do is learn to appreciate the winters as a time of growth.
Think about winters in your past that you were able to persevere. You will do it again. Learning to accept that life will have its winters is invaluable. When we learn to let go of controlling what we cannot, we can gain a sense of peace.
If you want to learn how to let go when times get tough, don’t miss out on the tips coming ahead.
“I realize there’s something incredibly honest about trees in winter, how they’re experts at letting things go.” – Jeffrey McDaniel
Take Charge of Your Life in the Winter
Another way to thrive when times get hard is to learn what you CAN control. I believe this is a powerful tool that can move your forward while feeling stuck in the winter.
You have the power and control to change YOURSELF.
Jim Rohn quotes his mentor, John Earl Shroff,
“Don’t wish it was easier, wish you were better!”
No matter what season you face there is always an opportunity to grow in self-improvement. If you are not currently facing a winter at this time, you can prepare now for the winter ahead. It will come, its unavoidable.
So what does Jim Rohn suggest? Use this season, or any season for that matter, to do these three things:
- Get Stronger
- Get Wiser
- Get Better
“And don’t think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It’s quiet, but the roots are down there riotous.” – Rumi
Winter is a Time for Self-Reflection
I think winters are a great time for self-reflection. It can be a great time to develop oneself internally.
Winter is a time for self-care and self-love. A time for rest. A time of learning how to be kind to yourself.
Some ways that you can get stronger, get wiser, and get better is to use this time to learn:
- How to Build your Emotional Intelligence
- How to Take Care of Yourself Better
- How to Accept What you Cannot Control
- How to Cope with Stress Better
- How to Breathe Deeply
- How to be Mindful
- How to Embrace the Present Moment
- How to Grow Spiritually
These self-reflective practices are great for helping us learn to let go and to heal us. The growth you experience will carry on to other seasons helping us to become more resilient in our day-to-day problems let alone any future winters that may come. Thus, we get stronger, wiser and better!
Encouraging Winter Quotes About Resilience
“Winter is a season of recovery and preparation.” —Paul Theroux
“If flowers can teach themselves how to bloom after winter passes, so can you.” – Noor Shirazie
“That’s what winter is: an exercise in remembering how to still yourself then how to come pliantly back to life again.”– Ali Smith
“Winter forms our character and brings out our best.” -Tom Allen
Encouraging Winter Quotes: Lean on a Supportive Friend
When times get tough we don’t have to go through our struggles alone. Allow yourself to open up to others. Lean on them for support. If you would allow a friend to lean on you in a time of struggle, then why not do it for yourself?
Talking it out can be provide healing. You could also consider finding a coach or therapist for support during this time.
“There is no winter without snow, no spring without sunshine, and no happiness without companions.”– Korean Proverb
“One kind word can warm three winter months. “ -Japanese Proverb
“My old grandmother always used to say, Summer friends will melt away like summer snows, but winter friends are friends forever.”– George R.R. Martin
“A snowflake is one of God’s most fragile creations, but look what they can do when they stick together!”– Unknown
Encouraging Winter Quotes for: Finding Pockets of Joy in Tough Times
“Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.”– Victor Hugo
“In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.” —Albert Camus, philosopher.
“People don’t notice whether it’s winter or summer when they’re happy.” – Anton Chekhov
“I write probably 80 percent of my stuff over the winter.” -Bob Seger
Remember: No Winter Lasts Forever
I love Hal Borland’s famous quote,
“No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn.”
It challenges us to change our perspective. Life is constantly fluctuating between the seasons. When times get hard, it is difficult to imagine that it could be over. You may feel stuck in a time loop of despair, but Spring always follows Winter.
Jim Rohn shares what we have to look forward to in his post ‘Spring is the Season for Opportunity – Don’t Waste it!’
Encouraging Winter Quotes for Instagram: Spring always follows Winter
“If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?” -Percy Bysshe Shelley
“If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.”-Anne Bradstreet
“Let us love winter, for it is the spring of genius.” -Pietro Aretino
“To shorten winter, borrow some money due in spring.”– W.J. Vogel
Wrapping Up: Spring is Just Around the Corner
I hope that this post serves as encouragement for you when times get tough. Remember, no winter lasts forever.
Share your favorite Encouraging Winter Quotes to anyone you might know that is experiencing their own personal winter. Let them know that they are not alone.
Use this winter to take care of yourself, be kinder to yourself, and find ways that you can grow internally. Just like the winter flowers that continue to grow their roots in winter, grow from within. Spring is just around the corner!