Dark & Dreary Days

When the sun is shining & the warm breezes are stirring the birds from amongst the leaves in the treetops, I want to be outside all of the time: walking, exploring, on the water, taking pictures, etc. But when the cold, gray, dark days arrive, I want to retreat indoors & read, write, organize my dwelling, clean, etc., all the while remembering & longing for those marvelous bright & sunny times. If it were not for the damp Winter months, I might never be motivated to see the inside of the gym. And it is then, in the dead of winter, that I can truly see the outline of the mountains in the distance, for in warmer months they are obscured by foliage.

Which is precisely why we must be given dark & dreary times in our lives – if we never retreated into ourselves, we would never spend time in introspection, & it is there that we find ourselves. If we are always looking outward at what the rest of the world is doing, we never have an opportunity to truly become acquainted with our souls. Just like the roots of ornamental plants in my part of the country, the Southeast, continue to grow over the Winter months, so do our souls continue to grow during our darkest days.

Even though no evidence of that can be seen to others, during those times when it appears that we lie dormant & uninspired, that is when things are happening beneath the surface – things that will give us sturdier roots to withstand the storms of Spring that shall surely follow, & things that will ensure that we will yield the brightest foliage come Summer. Remember, retreats can be good things, for therein lie the opportunities to reach deep beneath what the world sees, & nourish that which will provide the foundation for our future successes.And it is when we are spending time with ourselves that we can most clearly see the outlines of the mountains that we want to climb, projects which we wish to tackle, & goals that we desire to attain.

In these dark days of Winter, grab a cup of hot, green tea, read that inspirational book that has been collecting dust on your shelf; start that blog you have been thinking about; clean out the closets in your mind by getting rid of unwanted items that occupy space unnecessarily there; or organize yourself by praying & planning for the days ahead. Enjoy the time that has been given for hibernation. Gather your strength for the adventures that await. Do not fear the dark days of your soul, for therein, when the smallest glimmer of light breaks through the cloud cover, that is when you will be able to see most clearly who you really are, & whom you aspire to be.

~ Lou Lehman Sams


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I am a Southern Belle, through and through. Born and raised in North Alabama, where my family settled in 1808, when the area was still the Mississippi Territory, I come from a line of Planters, Patriots, and Pioneers. They were people who were unafraid to take risks, who said what they believed, and who honored God and their Country. Like my ancestors before me, I have strong values, believing that the Golden Rule is indeed golden. I write as a way to relate and as a release. I hope that my words may inspire, challenge and provoke one to thinking about how extraordinary things can come out of ordinary places, people, and things.

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