Monday, March 10, 2014

Dreaming of summer...

As a rule, I try to live in the moment instead of longing for something yet to come. Now that it's almost the middle of March, it seems everyone is bemoaning the cold, heading south, wishing for summer, etc. Overall, that's a poor way to live in eastern Canada. Granted, this has been a long cold winter, with plenty of snow and associated irritants, but as the wise old saying goes: "This too shall pass". I've noticed that most of us could use a better attitude. "Working for the weekend" might sound harmless, but given our mortal timetable, is it really wise to slog through 5 days of agony just for 2 days of "fun"? I don't think so. Nevertheless, I must confess that I too am longing for spring & summer, and yes I'm even sick of the frigid freezing temperatures. Bring on the BBQ, the camping, the coffee on the deck...bring on summer !! May God help you and me both to balance the here and now with the sweet by and by...

BBQ, Malawi, Oct 2013

Actually, it's not a bad idea to start thinking now about how to make next winter more bearable. For me, it's about stacking the deck in favor of making the winter more enjoyable. For some, that means going somewhere warmer, but that's not much of an option for many of us. Often, we overlook the simple things. For example, how you dress will often impact the possibility of enjoying the cold. I find that too many times, I go outside in winter, poorly prepared, and quickly return to the house, belly-aching about how cold it is. However, if I dress warmly, it's much easier to embrace the cold. Many winter activities sound daunting, but snowshoeing, skiing, even a simple walk can be enjoyable with the right attire. Give it a try !

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