Ballyscanlon Lake, Co. Waterford
Ballyscanlon Lake, Co. Waterford

November seems to be a month for deep reflection. It feels like nature strips us bare and dims the light so that we are forced look to look inwards.

At the same time, however, Mother Nature, opens up new spaces and patterns as the leafless trees allow us to see the skies ~ especially the starry skies on clear frosty nights.

Bareness and space feel unfamiliar after the lush growth of Spring and Summer and the colourful tapestries of Autumn.

But this is time in which we should seize the apparent quietness and work away within ~just as nature is working beneath the soil ensuring that the spring colour of snowdrops and crocuses will re-emerge with vibrant hope and promise for the onward journey.



Author: socialbridge

I am a sociologist and writer from Ireland. I have worked as a social researcher for 30 years and have had a lifelong passion for writing. My main research interests relate to health care and sense of place.

14 thoughts on “Reflections”

  1. Beautiful analogy Jean…. I love this time of the year, nature has a beautiful way of reminding us of our own vulnerability and bareness, allowing us to regroup…..thank you for sharing..

  2. Hi Jean,

    I love this post! November has always been my favorite time of year, in spite of the fact that it can be cloudy and gray here in New England. I love the anticipation of the holidays and the time for quiet reflection.

    Thanks for posting this.


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