Monday January 27, 2014 | 05:30 PM
Posted by Barbara Babkirk

Winter has come upon us with a vengeance. Since the season began on December 21, the winter solstice, there’s been no mistaking that it’s here.

Whether you truly enjoy winter or merely put up with it, this season remains a predictable aspect of life in Maine.


Understanding the significance of this season that ends one year and begins anew, can give new meaning to your experience of freezing temperatures, snow covered terrain and icy footpaths.


At this time of year we tend to remain inside much more and, consequently, we may become closed off to the outside world. During this insular time, we experience the long, dark wintry nights as daylight slowly begins to lengthen.


With the backdrop of the winter solstice, and the inward focused nature of the season, you might gain insight into some of life’s challenging questions or simply find answers about your next career move.


Here are some questions to reflect upon that recognize the season and its passage from darkness into light:


·      What does the darkness of winter evoke in me?

·      What belief or attitude might I release, strengthen or change in order to embrace a purposeful aspect to this time?

·      Like the seeds deep within the dark, winter ground, what lies dormant within me that may want to sprout as daylight slowly but surely increases? (What implication does this have for my work, my family, my life?) 


"Without darkness nothing comes to birth,

without light nothing flowers." – May Sarton

About this Blog

Barbara Babkirk is a Master Career Counselor and founder of Heart At Work Associates, a career counseling and outplacement firm in Portland.

With a focused and intuitive approach, Barbara makes a difference in people’s lives by helping them design a new life chapter. She has a successful record guiding career transitions for professionals ranging from executives and artists to attorneys and entrepreneurs.

An expert in her field, Barbara is a public speaker on work-related topics writes a solutions-oriented column about work for the Portland Sunday Telegram.


Scott Woodard is a career coach with Heart At Work Associates, a career counseling and outplacement business in Portland, Maine.

Scott works with clients to identify and articulate their value and their personal brand. He helps clients develop clear, concise and crisp messaging to convey their particular difference, their achievements and their approach.

Scott coaches clients to market their brand through social media platforms, especially LinkedIn. He offers monthly workshops on how to make the most of LinkedIn for businesses or job seekers.

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