Thursday, December 11, 2008

Winter-in lots of ways

"In the depth of winter,
I finally learned that
within me there lay an invincible summer."

Albert Camus, a philosopher, came up with this line. I am quite certain he was never in Winnipeg--and on the surface, the above line is proof of that! ;)

Seriously, I love that line. I came across it as I was going through my file of quotes that I put on the bulletin board in our counselling office. We change the quote every week or so. We don't just put this one up in winter...many of our clients are experiencing a winter of sorts in their lives regardless what time of year they come to see us.

I love the hope in that line...that when things are dark and dreary and cold and stark, it is often possible to see the spark of life inside that even adversity doesn't extinguish. In fact, the tough times help illuminate it--rather like how a candle's light is much more prominent in the darkness.

I love the truth in that line. I have the privilege of walking with clients through the winters of their lives...and the honor of witnessing the discovery of the "invincible summer" deep within. The beauty and warmth that emerges as a person looks beyond the crap and the pain and realizes what they are truly made of, what the core of their being expresses.

It snowed yesterday...may you find summer today.

1 comment:

Kara said...

It's a neat experience when those invincible summer moments make their appearance for the first time - it's truly life giving. It's extremely neat that you get to witness that! Blessings to you today.