2007: Issue 2
Smile, It’s Wintertime
In Virginia, Mother Nature has blessed us with spring-like weather…. record highs throughout the state, people in shorts and sandals have been a common site, and if you look closely, you may even find some daffadoils in bloom.
Is it really winter? You know, the season often marked by dreary days, frosted windows, cold rain, long nights, colds and congestion, cabin fever and the winter blahs. Ugh! Unless you are a skier, or like my husband, a lover of good old fashioned hearth fires, January and February are probably not your favorite months of the year and it shows….we grumble about the weather, taxes, bills and whatever else is on our mind, tend to hunker down inside and use the television as our primary contact with the world outside, and if we are out and about, we hurriedly pass each other on the street with our heads down and hands in our pockets for warmth. Eye contact, smiles and laughter are diminished as we go into survival mode.
Exaggeration, perhaps, and yet, as I have experienced typical winter weather this week, I realize how close to the truth this is unless I consciously choose to make it different. In addition to taking dancing lessons with my husband, I am beginning with my focus on the three simple and natural acts….making eye contact, smiling and laughing: no matter how cold, how windy, dark or miserable it is outside, or how rude, mean or miserable the person I am encountering seems to be. I am finding the opportunities to smile, laugh and make eye contact and boy, do I feel better.
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