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This week I talked about quite a bit of stuff, but most of it had to do with winter. Although rain happens in all seasons, it has seemed like a rather rainy winter for me. Other than that, winter sports are certainly, well, winter based and New Year’s resolutions are focused around the day they are named for. I wanted to talk about winter for a very specific reason, and that is that winter can be difficult.
For many people, winter is the worst of the four seasons. This can be for a multitude of problems, but the point is that it is a very real issue for a great deal of those who are closest to us. Even some of us that are part of the Wirth family have problems around the winter that don’t seem to appear at any other time of the year. If you have this issue as well, please know that you are not alone.
I wrote about New Year’s resolutions earlier and, although I never make them myself, I have seen the good they can do for others. One of my good friends this year made one that was simple and lovely: Don’t lose hope. This, I think, is the most difficult resolution I have ever heard of. Yes, weight loss is difficult and so is giving up smoking, but hope is so much more difficult to track. You don’t get a bunch of marbles and try and hold onto all of them and have that be your hope. We don’t have people say “Yeah, I still have nine hope so I’m doing pretty well”. Hope is nearly impossible to quantify and so I am amazed that she has kept up with it. Once a day she will post something that happened that day that gave her hope for the future. I think that’s something we could all benefit from.
Winter can be tricky, but look at all the ones we have made it through. Even this winter, once it has passed, will be a new personal best for you. We will have made it into yet another spring, another time for rebirth and celebration. We can only hope that you will allow those of us here at Wirth to celebrate it with you. Come on in and let us join the party.

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