Although the temperatures have dropped, winter is my favorite season. There’s something magical about the first snowfall, cozy nights by the fireplace, and enjoying a cup of hot cocoa.
Things slow down during the wintertime, and maybe that’s why I like it so much. It’s a time of reflection and hope for the new year.
2017 has been a year of a lot of changes, growth, and newfound optimism. Although it hasn’t always been a walk in the park, each and every lesson has brought me closer to the person I want to be in 2018.
I hope you are enjoying the season as much as I am! What are your favorite things about winter?
It’s a snowy Saturday here in Boston! Although it’s been bitter cold for a couple of weeks, yesterday was the first real “snow day,” and I had the unreliable MBTA system to prove it.
After waiting for the 77 Harvard bus for 45 minutes yesterday morning, my toes felt like they were going to fall off and my nose was frozen. Shivering on Massachusetts Avenue, I empathetically looked around at all of the other commuters. “This sucks terribly, but we’re all in the same boat,” I thought.
In the past I may have wasted my energy on getting upset, anxious or even snapping at the bus driver when they finally arrived- but I didn’t. I was bundled, had my music, and emailed my boss to let him know I was running behind.
Yes, it was that easy.
It’s natural to default to that irritated, selfish state when things aren’t going your way- we all do it. Over the past few months I’ve been conscious of honing my energy on what matters; my work, being mindful of my current activity, listening more when having a conversation, and taking in each moment to pay attention to what is happening around me.
I started to do everything one step at a time. One minute, one hour, one day.
Even if you’re terribly late, standing in the freezing cold or your path seems to have gone off course, just remember to take in the moment and enjoy it- for you won’t get that moment back.