Chilling Time


man in the harvest moon

Harvest moon

By ancient Celtic reckoning, The eve of All Hallows marks the  beginning of winter and the  “dark half” of the year. Prompted strongly by the sudden temperature change, we reluctantly pull our forgotten sweaters out of moth balls and try them on to see if we will have to go shopping for one in a larger size. We put the garden to bed. The dusty smell of burning leaves rises from secret places like the season’s  incense. We haul out the holiday decorations, make lists and begin gathering the raw materials needed for the feast days and celebrations that tumble in rapid succession one behind the other to the New Year. The first frost touches the land and the trees blush fiery reds, oranges and purples. If anything symbolizes “change” more, it has to be autumn. At its end winter enters.

View of fall foliage from a bridge on Lake Anne, Reston VA

Second bloom on Lake Anne

My garden was the wonderful instructor that taught me several lessons about life and work:

  1. Gardening tasks and activities  are specific to the seasons of the year
  2. Careers and jobs have seasons that mimic the earth’s
  3. Tasks and activities  in the career/job life cycle are season specific
 What is non-employment if not the winter of a job or of a career? Come look inside The Work Of Winter.
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