One season leaves and another arrives. How it arrives is always a surprise. Are you still in the darker days of winter? Maybe it is time to set aim on winter. Let’s write a mission statement for those of us caught in the throes of the chilly season.
Last year around this time, I visited my cousin in St. Lucia. That is where the beach photos are from. I can show you beaches in Buffalo, but the beaches in the tropics are much prettier. I think every mission statement should have a trip like this on it to really make winter fun. But there is still fun to be had here in Buffalo. Plus ways to have fun make the most of winter here.
It is still February, and we all could use a bit of color these days. I too am excited for the warmth of Spring, the bright nourishing sun, the feel of moist soil beneath my feet, but I am willing to wait for those moments we wake to all the work for the Spring day. So what can we pen that makes the winter a little brighter?
I think a few things help me stay happy when the winter winds howl… I have mentioned them in previous posts but maybe did not call them out specifically.
Keep busy! Sounds simple, but always being busy makes the season that passes on by.
Make a hearty stew, bake crusty bread and MAKE SOUP, lots of body warming soup. All while you sip a frothy hot chocolate topped in fresh whipped cream! Oh, the foods of Winter.
Visit your friends and sit by a roaring fire. I have a friend that suffers from SAD, seasonal affective disorder. It helps her immensely to have people visit to take her mind off winter’s darker days.
Get out of the house! Go down that driveway and keep going. See something new, maybe in a new way. Only by leaving can one arrive. Another simple idea, but when you always stay confined to within your property lines, no wonder cabin fever gets a grip. Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore. Andre Gide
Go outside, force yourself if you have too. Much awaits if you give it a chance. It is a timely reminder that Spring will indeed return as you see each day grow a little longer. In every curving beach, in every grain of sand there is the story of the earth. Rachel Carson
Be a kid again! Gather all the fun you had as a kid and live it in wonder. In every snow flake that falls, there is the story of renewal. Me Grab a sled and go…
Bundle up. I love the feel of wool and down wrapping me in warmth. Come back inside, grab the afghan, light candles or oil lamps and turn off the lights. Instant warmth… Oh, make sure that fire is roaring too. Heavenly…
The sun always makes me happy. It makes everything brighter no matter what. Take a trip, even just a short one. Drink in the blue sky.
See a theme developing? It is all about getting out and about. Catch the dream and start doing! What ideas do you have that makes the season sing?
Yes, a blizzard or two can still blow before winter is through with us, but just know it is blowing Spring your way, just as sure as the waves break the shore.