It didn’t help that our whole family was terribly sick with influenza over Christmas break, but once Monday, January 5th arrived, I felt the long days of winter settling in. I awoke and thought, “Where am I going to find the motivation to carry out any of my New Year’s resolutions?”
December was unusually dry and warm, and I found myself thinking I can handle a winter like this!
Now that it’s January, it’s snowy and wet with temperatures in the single-digits. Ugh! — so I thought.
My agenda for the week included taking down the holiday decorations, finding places for all of our new possessions, and trying to keep my sanity after two weeks of caring for a sick and grumpy three year old.
My gracious husband took Wednesday morning off to allow me some free time as he had a weekend retreat coming up. I had planned on going to the library to do some reading and planning when I walked outside and saw the beautiful blue sky and snow-covered tree branches. I grabbed my camera and changed my agenda. Even though I wished it was June so I could carry on with my workout goals in the warmth of spring, I decided all I needed was a change in perspective. I was determined to find the beauty and goodness in the long days of winter.
First stop is this little picnic area near one of my favorite places near home, Fallasburg Park. My husband and I used to picnic at this spot and also went there to pray together when we miscarried our first baby almost five years ago. It has been a very special place ever since then, and it is incredibly beautiful in the snow.
I am so thankful I was able to see this beautiful place in the winter, but I nearly got frostbite in the 5 degree weather! The fact that I had to pee so badly helped me shuffle my feet faster along the path to get back to my car!
I’m so thankful that I tossed my plans aside and acted spontaneously.
Sometimes I forget how fun it is to be spontaneous.
I thought I was getting a new perspective on winter, but I ended up with inspiration and motivation as well. 90 minutes of simply enjoying the beauty of winter turned my gloomy, unmotivated mood into a thankful, happy, goal-focused mood that lasted far beyond one day. It lasted all week.
Seriously, I need to do this more often!
There have been many times since this experience when I simply glanced out the
window or drove into town, and I recalled the whimsical Wednesday morning
when I allowed myself to enjoy the present moment of a long winter day.