I love how nature has a secret way of always matching: each season is an outfit that goes together perfectly with its own hues and color pallet. Even when faced with the most change, nature still works together and is beautiful. There is something we can learn in this.
I love how winter (and the colder months, as it is already cold here and only the end of October) allow you to focus on the inside -- both in yourself and in your home. This is your chance to make your inside space come alive. Summer is like spring cleaning or airing out, letting yourself out to roam the world. It is also the time we like to bring the outside IN: open up the windows, put flowers on the table, eat from the garden. People are often depressed in winter because they don't get this easy access to life. But winter is OUR chance to bring light and life inside, it just isn't given to us. It takes work but in the end can almost be more fulfilling than the warm summer months. So next week when daylight savings time hits, don't look at it as a bad or depressing thing. Instead, see it is an excuse to get cozy (i love that word) and focus on the inside world.
(I think it was Karrin who first let me see darkness this way when we were walking across St. Olaf campus a few years ago and my friends and I were bemoaning the fact that it was so dark and cold... but Karrin loved it! So now I'm trying to think like her!)