My favorite season is summer. I love the warmth and sunshine, and the lush green exuberance of Mother Nature. Winter seems to last forever. Its dreary days drag and my spirit seems to sag like trees’ brittle branches. My body aches and sometimes I swear I hear its moans in the dark wind’s howl. I normally complain about winter, which tends to bring my mood down even more. This year, I want to find something positive about the cold season. I want to find a silver lining in the dark, cold lining that’s covering my days and nights.
What CAN I like about winter?
Well, I can like that during the winter months I don’t have to listen to my neighbor’s dog’s constant barking at all hours of the day and night. I can go out onto my deck or patio, despite the cold, and hear…nothing. It’s exceptionally peaceful this time of year. The air is brisk, crisp and clean and it’s quiet. I like quiet.
I like that winter brings me silence.
During the summer the sun is shining through my windows and I can see all the dirt and spots. That’s when I have to pull the windows out and CLEAN them. YUK. What a crappy job. They sure do look great when I’m all done. It’s the chore itself that’s crappy though. But during the winter months, we don’t get a lot of sunshine here in Pennsylvania, so I get a break from window cleaning!
I like that winter means less toiling.
I love make-up and fashion and all the gadgets and gizmos that accompany that. In the winter I can jazz up my outfits with blazers and scarves and it also gives me the opportunity to wear my fun furs. I have quite a few fake fur coats that I’ve purchased over the years and I just love wearing them! I also get the opportunity to wear my boots, pointy-toe, square-toe, high-heeled, thigh-hi, and all of my cowboy boots (although there are times when I’ll wear them in the summer too).
I like that winter is a fashion wonder land.
I like people but there are times when I just NEED to be alone. During the winter everyone is sequestered in their homes. It’s nice because I can go get my mail or walk around my yard and not see a soul! I pretend I’m the only person on the planet. It’s pure bliss!
I like that winter offers me tranquility.
During winter I have the opportunity to see the little things that need done around the house. How a room might need painted or updated. Or I might find something I like and want to redesign it. I make a list of “things to do” when spring and summer come around. Not only will that list keep my husband busy (something he likes) but it also makes me happy when the task is complete.
I like that winter aids in my creativity.
This little exercise helped me see that I CAN like winter. It’s NOT all bad. There are positives; we just have to find them. So when I’m cold or feeling down, I just have to remember the reason I like Old Man Winter and pretty soon he’ll go off to nap and the beautiful green lushness will be here again…