Believe it or not, just last Monday, we had snow. Not the”come hither” gentle Christmas snow, but the the snow that makes you realize that you are not and have never been the Controller. The snow that says, “phooey” to your personal time line , “pshaw” to your four wheel drive and “nanny nanny boo boo”… just because it has the power to make everything look so picture perfect beautiful.
Ok, well maybe in the country…
Anyway, today, a week later, all evidence of natures blow is almost non existent here, except for the non deciduous vegetation sporting blackened leaves, burnt by the cold, and a few tenacious bits of ice and sprinklings of road salt.
The winter season has begun.
As the weather ushers in the many holidays of December: Solstice, Christmas,Hanukkah, Kwanzaa,National Lemon Cupcake Day, ( really, December 15th, but that’s another post for another time) this season while typically busy with holiday preparations also begs for quiet reflection and stillness. That’s what snow days are: imposed “time-outs” for adults.
Here in the Northwest we may not consistently get Mama snow putting us in “time out”, but we get plenty of gray, rainy days that can push us inward or at least drive us to a coffee shop for a hot cup of quiet. After The Monty run, or any period of intense work I realize that I am truly an American. If I am not careful, I become motivated and defined by a constant “doing” mentality, sometimes a little resistant to that rest and stillness perhaps you are too?
I welcome the weather “time-outs” that remind me that slowing down and looking within is necessary preparation for the next flurry of activity.
Let us both slow down a bit in the weeks ahead and reflect by counting blessings, closing doors that no longer serve positive purposes, refueling and integrating a few of the lessons learned this year. This time is built into the schedule, why not use it? Even music has rests.