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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Embrace what is

Posted by Dawn-Ann on November 22, 2010

After a long, warm fall, winter has blind-sided us full blast. The wind is cold, the snow is falling and the temperatures are low. They say we should be preparing ourselves for a winter as we remember from childhood – endless snow drifts and endless cold. Bah.

Chickadee in Fish Creek Park, Calgary

Round about the time I got this gem of news, I heard of a fellow who loves winter. He is involved in winter sports and can’t wait to get out in the snow. He wears his frostbite scars as honour badges and raves enthusiastically about his adventures. Wow.

All of this got me thinking about how perspective can change what is. For some, winter is a hardship that we “get through.” We avoid going out. We bundle up and hurry from the house to the car. We fuss and complain and count the days until spring.

But to some folks, winter is a miraculous playground. They relish the cold and snow and dive into it with gusto. They ski and snowmobile and toboggan and snowshoe. Some enjoy running in the winter (though I tend to fall a lot when I try). Some even go camping!

After mulling this over, I’ve decided it is time to change my attitude. I can’t change that we’re having winter – but I can transmute it into something pleasurable. For that reason, starting today, I’m going to embrace winter. I’m going to take gorgeous pictures of it and feel the bracing cold on my face, invigorating my body. I’m going to close my eyes and feel the biting kiss of snowflakes on my skin. I’m going to invite winter into my life and love and nurture it, grabbing every bit of joy and beauty that I can from it.

I’ll keep you posted!

Comments

2 Responses to “Embrace what is”
  1. Krisi says:

    I would like to embrace winter, too. I want to take some time out this weekend to take some videos of the campus and things. My problem is that the cold bothers me in many ways… my skin really suffers, and when you’re waiting for buses in the cold, it’s less than fun, no matter how much you bundle and prepare for it.

    That’s where I’m at… *Sigh*

    But… good luck on your embracing!

  2. Dawn-Ann says:

    Coincidentally, the day after I created this post I was stuck in C-train delays at Southland Station for an hour. I was over an hour late for work. But I managed to keep my cool and embrace the moment, telling myself I’d have a great story to tell! I’ll be blogging about that soon. :)

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