Make and Take Time to Play

After a very long winter of record snowfalls throughout the nation and grey skies, spring has finally come to Mount Pocono.

Our temperatures have finally reached levels to offer some rest to our woodstove at home, and we anticipate seeing the first blooms of the season. However, we have been greeted by the melting snow revealing the leaves of last autumn which I failed to remove in a timely manner.

We woke this morning to find a beautiful, gentle snowfall. It gently graced the ground with a slight touch of whiteness. It seemed to be a thin comforter cover over the yard work left to be attended to and one last day to enjoy the beauty of winter with celebration of the ensuing spring.

It was the perfect day to sleep in late with the curtains open and enjoy what natures offers us at the moment, rather than complain about it.

We never know when our last snowfall will be in life. As a season ebbs to the past, we do not know if we will see another in our lifetime. The same can be said for each day.

Each day is a gift.

With so much to do every day in our lives, it can be difficult to find time to simply breathe, think, and explore our landscapes, be they in or out  of doors, but particularly within our own selves.

However, it is possible to feed our souls and to briefly separate ourselves from life’s frenetic pace by taking a “snow day”.

Personal snow days are best taken when we feel as though we are running on empty with no chance of respite in sight or when we begin to resent the life we once lived and loved because of illness, depression, or stress.

Our snow day can go a long way toward dispelling built up stress, providing that we give ourselves full permission to indulge in nurturing activities. It’s not a day to worry about what we’re missing, what lingers on our to do list, or fret about the future which inevitably lies ahead of us. Rather, it is a day to accept the opportunity to give ourselves a break from our responsibilities and tend to ourselves in order that we may return to our responsibilities with a refreshed enlightenment with renewed alertness and awareness.

Not everyone lives in regions such as here where we are blessed with the changes of seasons and the snowfall that is granted upon us. However, we can create a snow day whenever our inner spirit tells us we need one, regardless of our local climate.

I used to refer to these as “Me Days”. These were days that I would tend to myself and enjoy the company of those I love. Now, through the beauty of nature, I prefer the term “Snow Day” as it reminds me of when I was a child and my Mom would leave a large note on my dresser reading “SNOW DAY – SHOOL’S CLOSED” and allow me to sleep in and wake upon my own time, lounge about in pajamas for a late breakfast and then go outside to play in the beauty of nature.

Once we schedule our snow day, we need to commit to ignore our chores, not tend to issues at our place of business, and do only the activities which bring us relaxation, joy, and exhilaration.

Relax, take a nap in the afternoon, play with pets or children, meditate, work in the garden, watch a film or read a novel. Take a long walk in the fading sunshine and then prepare a special dinner.

Our snow day should be as languid and lazy as we need it to be. If necessary, we can prepare for our snow day by preparing whatever we think we will want or need ahead of time.

Clean up or pay the bills the day before so that the temptation of responsibility is not at hand. Disconnect from the telephone and internet and, if possible, turn off all electricity to escape the “white noise”.

Once our snow day is over, we have a memory to hold on to and reflect upon when needed.

We can then harvest the joy and peacefulness we felt whenever we need it and keep it close to our hearts.

Understanding that we are a society that values overtime and hard work, we deserve snow day every now and again.

So, the next time that we wake to discover that nature has dropped a bit or more of snow when we hoped for warm and sunny weather, take into consideration that the universe might have something else in mind for us … a snow day.

For those of us in warmer regions, use your imagination!

Live every season, every day, every moment, as though it’s the last.

With love & light,

Rob
My book,”Wandering Thoughts”, is available for purchase online at
www.createspace.com/3678685

The author is available for book readings and signings and for fund raisings for charities.
He can be contacted at MtPoconoRob@msn.com

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