Trees in winter lose their leaves. Some trees may even fall during storms, but most stand patiently and bear their fortune.
They endure rain, snow, wind and cold. They bear the adornment of glycerin raindrops, glimmering icicles, or crowns of snow without care. They stand, and they wait, the power of their growth apparently dormant. But inside, a burgeoning is building imperceptibly.
Theirs is the forbearance of being true to their inner natures. It is with this power that they withstand both the vicissitudes and adornment of life, for neither bad fortune nor good fortune will alter what they are. We should be the same way.
We may have great fortune or bad, but we should patiently bear both. No matter what, we must always be true to our inner selves.
Deng Ming ~Dao
This post was going to be a rant on how tired I am of winter, especially after the 6 inch snow fall we received today on top of the foot still on the ground.... but as I thumbed through my favorite little book for a quote and read the above passage, I decided that ranting really wasn't appropriate, so I will let the following picture say the rest....
Hopefully Spring is coming soon.......