It is said that the two things that one cannot avoid are death and taxes. For discussion’s sake, let us take the former, death. It takes life from us in various ways, such as suddenly, maybe by accidents; or longer, through intense suffering; or quietly, in our sleep. We never know when exactly it will occur, so all we have is today and sometimes not even that.
What I have discovered is—no, not the fountain of youth—but how to enjoy the time I have on Earth. Many of us are close to or are entering the winter of our lives, but this advice is also applicable to the young as well. Sure, most of us have aches, pains, lost mobility, and tire easily. This has restricted certainly mobility, but one can still do something that you will find enriching and rewarding.
Let’s take winter, for example. I have retired from snowshoe racing, and cross-country skiing anymore because of physical limitations. However, those limitations haven’t hindered me from other activities, and I have adjusted. For example, I’ve taken up walking for extended periods of time, approximately an hour or more. During that time, I have become acquainted with several new neighbors. In addition, I have also enjoyed time spent in prayer.
Other times, after a recent snowfall, I enjoy tracking and identifying some of the animals by prints in the snow. I can also see where they traversed my land. Another piece of enjoyment comes from during the day making campfires outdoors. It not only warms me when outdoors for long periods of time; it also offers me respite where I can take a break and enjoy the moment by, for example, observing some of the animals, birds, and clouds.
Above all, during these times, I enjoy moments when I can pray and praise God in His creation. The solitude affords me the opportunity to clear my mind and soul of concerns and reflect on positive events as the day unfolds.
So, as I found my personal niche for winter enjoyment, I would encourage you to seek your own simple winter pleasure. It just may add a renewed revitalization to your life.