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