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Vibrant Days…
Flourishing with Sensory Processing Sensitivity
December 2021

Wintering: The power of rest and retreat in difficult times

“We enter that strange period between Christmas and New Year, when time seems to muddle, and we find ourselves asking again and again, What day is it? What date? I always mean to work on these days, or at least to write, but this year, like every other, I find myself unable to gather up the necessary intent. I used to think that these were wasted days, but I now realize that’s the point. I am doing nothing very much, not even actively being on holiday. I clear out my cupboards, ready for another year’s onslaught of cooking and eating. I take Bert out to play with friends. I go for cold walks that make my ears ache. I am not being lazy. I’m not slacking. I’m just letting my attention shift for a while, away from the direct ambitions of the rest of my year. It’s like revving my engines.”

“That’s the gift of winter: it’s irresistible. Change will happen in its wake, whether we like it or not. We can come out of it wearing a different coat.”

“Wintering brings about some of the most profound and insightful moments of our human experience, and wisdom resides in those who have wintered.”

― Katherine May

Favorite watch of month. I can’t stop thinking about it.

Ode to Joy, talk about meaningful: “the greatest musical accomplishment in musical history created by someone who was essentially deaf?” I love this symphony and the history behind it.

Ad I’m cherishing. This ad defines Christmas.


“…Not alone and apart from
but held and received
as a part of.”

– Lauren Taub Cohen (

In this together,