It appears that we have another layer of snow this morning. Winter surely seems to be having its fun with us all, doesn’t it?
I have read so many complaints about the weather these past several weeks and I can’t help to think back to a few months ago when instead of complaining about the cold and snow, people were unhappy with the heat. Go figure.
I find that complaining about the weather is a waste of time and space. After all, no matter what is sent our way we really don’t have a choice but to endure it and wait for something more to our liking to come our way. Eventually it will and we just need to take the time to be aware of our surroundings and enjoy whatever the day brings. It isn’t really that difficult I would think.
I find myself getting a bit restless as well. Like my kitty Pancakes, I enjoy having my lunch on our small deck out in the sunshine. Lately he has once again taken to hovering near the door as one enters or leaves, as he wants to see what is going on out there. We let him out the other day, if only for a few minutes to see how he would react. At the time, there was quite a breeze blowing and new snow was falling. He cautiously ventured down the snowy steps to the base of the pine tree below and looked for some type of greenery to munch on. But the wind soon kicked up and he quickly darted up the stairs back into the safety of the house.
Whenever I catch myself thinking of days to come, I try to remind myself that there is so much right here in front of me now. There is much to do and the days just seem pass so quickly. I am afraid if I keep longing for tomorrow to come, I will miss the joy that today will bring. And with a blink of my eye it will be gone.
I’ve noticed that people seem to spend a lot of time either looking ahead or looking back. I find that they are either looking ahead to better days to come or looking back at how things used to be. Usually when reminiscing, they express how they long for those days, and didn’t appreciate them for what they were. But I wonder what is stopping them from making today a remarkable day that they will one day remember with the same fondness. Sometimes the best things are right here in front of us. We only need to stop and take note.
I have another full day planned today. I am in the midst of writing the three pattern packets for my new projects that we are adding to our site – hopefully by tomorrow. Once I get going, I actually do enjoy the teaching aspect of writing packets and the task is not a hardship. I think of all those that will enjoy making these things and it makes me happy to be able to do what I do. It brings some good feelings.
As I get older, I find that I am learning to take each day for what it is, and enjoy it to the fullest. While I may prefer one day/time/season over another, I don’t want to waste the present day by longing for what may be or what has been. I don’t think it is wrong to look forward to something, but I don’t want to lose site of what is here and now in the process of things. I have seen others do so and I have done it myself and I find myself wishing I would have paid more attention to the present instead of focusing on the past or future. I look at each new day as a blank slate to make of it what I wish. It is somewhat empowering to think that I have that kind of control. I like that.
I wish you all a good day today. We are half way through another week and as time marches on, each day brings us closer to the warm days of spring and summer. While we may long for these days to pass quickly, I hope we appreciate each passing day for the good things they bring. For if we are constantly focusing elsewhere, surely we will miss them.
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