Last week, we got another 14 or so inches of snow here in Massachusetts and the onslaught of Facebook posts came:
“I’m so over this snow. Spring can’t come fast enough!”
“Damn groundhog and his 6 more weeks of winter.”
“Not another storm!”
And so on and so on. Sometimes I think people complain just out of habit or because everyone else is doing it. In no time, all the posts will be complaining about how hot it is. When I post something about being excited for another snowstorm, the comments are usually along the lines of “What are you nuts?”
No, I’m not nuts (ok, maybe a little, but that has nothing to do with the snow). I just do my best to not resist what is. I live in New England. Chances are it’s gonna snow in the winter. Is it sometimes inconvenient? Sure. But it’s also beautiful and quiet, and it makes me feel like a kid again. Get out and play in it, and it’s not so bad. Check out the heart I drew in the snow on my snowshoe hike yesterday. See? Fun!
Why cause myself unnecessary suffering by focusing on the negative aspects of the weather — or anything for that matter? What you focus on expands, so I pick, as often as possible, joy and gratitude.
Yes, I am fortunate enough to work from home so don’t have to worry about a commute, and that absolutely makes it easier to not hate the snow as much. I can remember when I lived in Boston in an apartment with on-street parking. After a big storm, I’d spend an hour or more shoveling out my car and parking spot only to have a plow come by and bury me again, or have someone take my spot if I left (completely disregarding the chair I put it in which clearly marked it as ‘saved’. The nerve!).
Back then, although it was harder to embrace the joy of the white stuff, it wasn’t impossible. I just had to make more of a conscious effort. In hindsight and with more spiritual growth under my belt, I see that I would’ve saved myself a lot of grief by trusting more in the universe’s abundance about parking, and appreciating the fortune of having a body healthy enough to shovel. When you know better, you do better, so I think I’m doing better now. 🙂
Think about a situation in your life that feels challenging. Are you focusing on the frustration? How could you look at it differently? If you put on a pair of rose-colored glasses, what would be the silver lining or bright side? Now see if you can consciously pay more attention to that aspect of it. Remember, what we resist, persists and what we focus on, expands. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want my frustration and challenges to grow!
Until next week, keep taking those small steps to Live Out Loud.