Journalist and Philosopher Albert Camus tells us “In the midst of winter, I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.”
This “winter” can be literal or figurative.
In a literal sense, many of us have been anticipating March for its gift of spring. Summer temperatures following close behind, at long last; a welcome reward for braving determined snow mounds, potholes and polar vortexes.
In a figurative sense, many of us don’t know when our Spring will come. Those warm summer temperatures eluding us as we endure the seemingly endless cold of unanswered questions, unreconciled heartaches or uncertain futures. We believe the fragrant breezes of answers and guarantees are found in our outer world, when really our “invincible summer” comfort has been inside all along, waiting to be revealed.
This revelation begins with stillness and willingness to listen, forgive, and be honest with what we’ve learned. It continues with celebrating our accomplishments, recognizing and valuing our strengths, living hard-won wisdom and knowing our history points to resilience through uncertainty.
Our task, then, is to find those guides in our outer world who help us recognize and remember our worth, stay focused on what’s right in our lives, remind us of our potential and clear our path as we recognize our inner world’s “invincible summer.”
Guidance can be found in our outer world; our answers are found in our inner world. Knowing the difference can keep us warm, no matter what the season.