Winter is the season of honesty.
In the dark morning hours before plows arrive, snow-blanketed streets become two-tire trails – thanks to brave early drivers. Follow the grooves and you stay on the road. Insist on making your own way? Better keep a towing service on speed dial and enough spare cash to buy someone a new mailbox.
An older friend shared perspective from navigating enough life to wear down a path others can follow: “I’ve learned and grown the most during hard times.”
Oh, is there any other way? Maybe reroute around hard seasons?
Sure, bypassing winter avoids cold temps that demand attention, the need to drive slower, and the dismal dark of shorter days. Yet, those realities build awareness, patience, and the need for light. Be honest; no shortcuts exist. I grow or I don’t. My light shines or it doesn’t.
Follow the grooves. If none appear, make them for others. Prepare to learn a lot. (keep AAA’s number handy)
Snow might cover the ground, but winter reveals the truth.
Ancient wisdom says: “For everything there is a season.”
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David Staal writes, speaks, consults, and has filled a career with executive and leadership positions