Embracing the Seasons?

Embracing the seasons, with the exception of fall, has never been my strong suit.  I complain about the rain in the winter and the heat the summer.  I am fine with spring, but the weather can be temperamental.

This year, with La Nina, it felt like the entire month of November was an ‘atmospheric river’.  And we have snow in the forecast this week ☹.

Since retirement, I am much more attuned to the weather.  When I worked, I didn’t really pay much attention to it other than my commuting time.  I commuted an hour each way for 10 years, much of that time in driving rain.  No fun!

Anyway, back to the present.  In the Sunday edition of the Seattle Times, one of my favorite columnists wrote an ode to embracing the winter.  She is the Times’ art critic and I follow her book/movie recommendations closely.  She loves winter – the early darkness, chilly winds, Christmas lights, and most importantly, staying indoors.  She loves to read, drink Diet Coke, and catch up on her screen favorites.  From her vantage point, winter ends too soon!

Another writer wrote about the upcoming Winter Solstice.  She talks about the Solstice kicking off a 10 day grace period (December 21 – January 1). She uses this time to practice her goals and intentions for the upcoming year.  Here is her process:

  1. Write down what you want to release from the current year
  2. On a separate page, write down one thing you are grateful for and one way you want to serve others for the next 3 months
  3. Burn the first page 😊.

She talks about ‘being wise, full of grace, and present to what is’.  Good advice for me, for sure!

My meilleur ami is visiting today.  My husband and I hope to hop a ferry to Victoria, BC later this week.  Our daughter and her family are coming for Christmas.  I want to be grateful and present to ‘what is’!

“Sometimes, you need to revamp yourself over the winter, participate in things that make you appreciate what you have.”

Hannah Teeter

Allene

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