2/13/16 Notes to Myself: As a painter I know the value of light and dark to a composition. I'm a composition, although, not always in balance. With winter being one of my favorite seasons I don't think I really consider the value or gift of shorter days or being indoors more often because it's cold. So often I continue on at a similar pace to all the other seasons just modifying my activities to a degree. Sometimes winter can stir up panic perhaps. The idea that I can't go out as much. There can be darkness in that thought. However, in reading an article last night about the inherent nature of winter and darkness I found myself remembering the opportunity they provide. And the overall importance of taking time to rest. This was like a light to me. Nature rests...the trees go barren, animals hibernate. I'm not that different in my true needs to these amazing specimens. So much of balancing the light and dark I think for me has to do with acceptance that I can't know one without the other and I need both.