The winter has always been a time of reflection and renewal. In part because of the year end, in part because of my upcoming birthday, and in part because it is the nature of the season. Plants and animals rest and slow down and recharge for the birthing, feeding and caring of young, replenishing stores, and enjoying the few lazy days of summer.

Being an artist for so many years (can one stop being an artist having been one?) it was a cherished time to reflect and dig deep. To stay in the “shed” and excavate the next layer of ideas.

There is less time… far less time for that process now. It’s too bad. Retrospection is key aspect of my life, both personally and professionally. It is the most important element of my personal daily practice. What did I do? Was it right and true? Plumb and square? What can I do better next time? What can I fix or improve now? Using the winter as longer period of contemplation is an important part of the annual cycle. The solstice marked the start of this period for many years. Now there’s far less time, and far greater demands on my time. So be it.

I’m so thankful for the wonderful year we’ve all had. I’m very much looking forward to next year, the challenges already arising and the joy and happiness already present. So to all of you, enjoy your time, the holidays you celebrate, your family, days off from work, and maybe playing in the snow. Whatever you do, do it joyously, make every minute count. Merry met & merry part & merry met again.

And specifically to my riding friends… get out and ride!