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Winter: Trial or Teacher?

I'll start with an apology to all you winter lovers out there. I know you are not happy that your favorite season is being questioned. I'm not one of you, but I understand how you operate. You break into joyful song as the temperature plummets. You shriek with excitement as snow and ice blanket the land. You pray that it's sunny on Groundhog day. You're just weird. (is that too harsh?) Ok, maybe you're not weird, you're just a little different from normal people.

Me, I'm not crazy about winter. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy drinking hot cocoa in front of a crackling fire and building a snowman or going sledding with my kids as much as the next guy. But does winter really have to last for more than one week? I'd like to propose that winter be condensed into the week around Christmas. We have a white Christmas, we do all those fun "wintery" things and then we move on. We go straight into a season that everyone enjoys, spring. Who's in?

To be fair, winter is not all bad. I have been able to find something very positive about it. It can teach us some valuable life lessons, particularly about hard times. Here's what I mean:

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I spent most of my adult life trying to figure out who I really am. Each day I struggled with doing something that seemed impossible: juggle all my various life roles, and give each of these "disconnected" areas my best effort and full attention. It didn't work. Wherever I was and whatever I was doing, I felt that I should probably be somewhere else, doing that "more important" thing.

My frustration grew as well as my desire to find a better way. Looking back now, I see that this problem plagued me because I lacked one thing; I didn't understand my life's mission. That's a mission that combines your calling with your being and weaves its way through all the aspects of your life.

After years of trying to achieve this ideal, I feel that I'm closer now than ever. You know what did it? Was it all the prayers I prayed, the books I read, or the advice from trusted friends? Well, sure, those things helped a lot, but what pushed me over that proverbial edge was Twitter. That's right, Twitter.