Perspective in Minus 10 Degrees

This morning when I woke up, I thought about all the things I needed to get done today.  The list of chores, errands, and the title for a new book I am thinking about writing swirling into a nice time-managed schedule.

With my mind in full active mode, I tried to settle down and set an intention for the day. Setting an intention is something I usually do before I  get out of bed. I grabbed my phone to jot down my to-do list and to check the temperature to see how cold it was outside. I was greeted with negative 10 degrees.

That’s cold! Even for Minnesota, that’s cold! I live in the cities, not in the hinterlands.  My to-do list in my mind immediately quieted, and my intention for the day became clear. Just Be, Just Stop, Just Sit, Just Rest and Breathe!

I also gained some perspective:  My family and friends are all safe and sound living in homes with working furnaces. Our critters are indoor animals (although, I very much felt for my dog this morning when I let her out). It’s a clear day, the sun is shining bright and there is no wind. No Wind is a gift believe me!

It will do me a world of good to rest today. I have just begun to feel better after a three-month-long illness, and an Everest size mountain of stress. My Mantra since the beginning of the year is to listen to my inner self and to have trust and faith in the process. I have continued to learn not to react, but to sit, observe, and then respond. That’s a lot of introspection for 8:00 in the morning!

Minus 10 degrees can provide excellent perspective.

Disclaimer: Minnesotans tend to have a lot of chutzpah when it comes to weather. We are made of tough stuff living in the north. I wouldn’t be surprised if in a few hours when I actually do decide to run an errand or two, I’ll  hear myself say, “Meh, it’s not too bad, at least there’s no wind, and look the sun is shining.”

Take a peek at the lows that are in store for us in the next few days! I yearn for summer to see the 90’s and a few 100’s.

Thank you for reading my books: If I Could Tell You How It Feels, and Untangled, A Story of Resilience, Courage, and Triumph    

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36 thoughts on “Perspective in Minus 10 Degrees

  1. Thats good that you haven’t experienced this! It is brutal. Right now at 8:30 am it is -24. BUT, by Saturday its supposed to be in the 40’s. Thats weather life in MN.

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  2. Oh my goodness that is far beyond cold! That is just insane!! I hope it warms up soon for you. I have all the confidence in the world for you and your children’s book will be amazing!!! Remember you are a brilliant writer and trying something new will be exciting! Do your best to stay warm and I hope you have a lovely evening!

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  3. Thanks Alyssa. The temp today is -29. I cant believe how cold it is!! The book will probably take me a looong time to write. Its a children’s book and I haven’t ever attempted something like that before. Its a fun story so I’d love to go for it. Stay warm and well my friend. ❤️

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  4. A new book for you sounds very exciting and I know you will do a fantastic job! Those negative temperatures are brutal and just miserable! I used to live in VT where winters were always SO cold and I hated it! Now living in the south the forecast is normally better, but we are in for some fidget temperatures the rest of the week.Today was very very windy and COLD!!! I wish you much success with your new book and will look forward to the release!

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  5. It’s -18 in this cold snap up here in Winnipeg, we are always happy to have company in our shivering 🙂 It’s a beautiful sunny day, so pretty in the crisp air. I’m sitting at my table with the sun streaming through the window as I read your blog. We are a tough bunch, all right, to love days like this. A new book is wonderful news!

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  6. A new book, eh! Exciting stuff!!
    Jeeees, that’s not a nice forecast to see on your phone. It’s times like that, when a spanner gets thrown in to our best laid plans, that we either get frustrated and annoyed, or go with the flow and take time out instead. I’m glad everyone is safe and sound, and taking time to rest and decompress sounds like just what you need. Stay warm & well over the weekend, Alexis.
    PS. Love the word chutzpah, it’s definitely not used enough! 🙂
    Caz xx

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  7. I have rearranged my schedule today, not because of the weather, but to get some work done inside. Will probably also venture out later. Next weeks -20 will be a bigger challenge. Glad you’re feeling better. ❤️

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