Sunday, November 30, 2014

Dust of Snow

Thanksgiving has come and gone this year. Arriving with it, hand in hand, were frosts and flurries. Seemingly, winter has made it's presences known, perhaps earlier than most had expected or wanted. However, it is a truth universally acknowledged that we have no control over Mother Nature.  

As blankets lay along the land, we must adapt to her long winter's nap. As we tip toe around sheets of ice, we must gracefully move in this world that has become still. As we trek through the snow, we walk along with rowdy foraging animals, but are otherwise surrounded by silence.


Winter is one of those things that you either love or hate. For me, I really enjoy it.
 Here are some of the reasons why I'm fond of winter:
❄bundling up & enjoying the indoors
❄sipping hot chocolate by the fire
❄wearing bulky sweaters
 ❄shopping for gifts
 ❄wrapping gifts
 ❄spending time with family
❄jamming out to holiday tunes
❄wearing pjs whenever possible
❄bundling up & enjoying the outdoors
(yer never too old for it!)
❄ice skating
❄power outages
(a weird one, yes,
but I find them fun
{so long as everyone is safe and warm!})
❄jumping into a pile of powder snow
❄all of the trees are "frosted"
❄glistening snow
❄deer tracks
❄frost patterns
❄the simplicity of nature
 ❄simplicity in general

For many, winter is a dreary time; a time to just get through. I understand that completely. With grey skies, inclement weather, and the feeling that it keeps dragging on and on can make for a somber soul. Because of those reasons, I dreaded winter days at one point. I was never a fan of that attitude, though. I'm the type of person who wants to enjoy every moment. What helped to change my views on this time of year was actually making a list, like the one above. It's funny how purposefully finding the positives in anything can make it a million times better. This phenomenon is beautifully described in one of my favourite poems.

 "Dust of Snow"
by Robert Frost

The way a crow 
Shook down on me 
The dust of snow 
From a hemlock tree 

Has given my heart 
A change of mood 
And saved some part 
Of a day I had rued

Little things can always affect the larger scale. Even if a day seems dull, there will always be a flame ready to be stoked. It's up to us to choose if we want the light to outshine the dark. That's why it's important to be open and appreciate the little things that happen to us because they could end up brightening an entire day. How you look at a situation can make all of the difference. 

The other day was the first proper snowfall, so the sky remained on the darker side all day and it was freezing. It appeared to be the making of a cruddy day. But rather than thinking that, I only let myself be excited. Falling from the sky were one-of-a-kind ice crystals! How cool is that?! Maybe that's a childish thing to say, but frankly sometimes you need that childlike exuberance- that unjustified happiness.

I ended up having a lovely day enjoying several of the points on my list shared above. Towards the beginning I spent it outside, and eventually curled up by the fire. As the weather took a turn for the better, I visited family. Nothing major happened, but that's pretty nice sometimes. Sometimes simplicity really is best. :) 

Parka: Target
Tunic: Kohl's
Leggings: Nike
Boots: Target
Bag: Target
 Ring: Kohl's

What are you looking forward to this winter?