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February 2024

School of Music Journal

Sharing The Light

Winter Warmth

Some say that January is the bleakest and saddest month of the whole year. Some wonder if winter will ever end as January draws to a close and February begins. If only spring would hurry up and come, some say forlornly. Yet, to wish away a day or even a minute of this precious life would be to wish away opportunities for wonder and joy and inner warmth!

Consider this quote from a favorite movie: “When Chekhov saw the long winter, he saw a winter bleak and dark and bereft of hope. Yet we know that winter is just another step in the cycle of life. But standing here among [these] people…and basking in the warmth of their hearths and hearts, I couldn't imagine a better fate than a long and lustrous winter” (Groundhog Day).

Generating that kind of reflective and permeating warmth inside ourselves can, in turn, give warmth to those around us. This is something that we all have the potential to do. Such warmth can be created through freely sharing talents, love, light, and joy.

As we contemplate where we are and what we can do this winter season to bring warmth into our own lives and the lives of others, think of Jesus Christ who brings all light and joy. Then, freely share what we have been given with an abundance of love!

With Appreciation,