After 4 days of ice, snow and very little sun shine there is hope! The sun is out, the temperature today is predicted to be at least 40 degrees and I can hear the a steady stream of water off my roof, proof that the snow and ice is melting. After 4 straight days with temperatures in the 20’s I am ready for arctic blast 2011 to melt away! There is talk of more cold temperatures and ice/snow in the week ahead, for now though I will rejoice in the sun shine and soak it in.
I have mixed feeling about the forced 4 day winter-cation! Added time to rest, welcome; more time to do detailed cleaning around the house, necessary; time to catch up on reading, loved it; enjoying beans and cornbread, yummy and finally the very real possibility of rolling black outs, but didn’t happen at my house, grateful! Being cooped up inside with only so much to do with a 4 year old and husband, challenged by hazardous road conditions (just to get to the store), canceling a full weeks work, constant water running to prevent frozen/bursting pipes and a heater that struggled to keep us warm inside; scary, nerve-racking and costly!
The reality is this is an act of nature and beyond anyone’s control! To worry over lost income, fruitless. To allow the stress of being stuck inside to linger, pointless. To worry about the expense of water, gas and electricity, useless. The only worry I will give any credit to is the healthy sense of fear that kept me safe on the road. Knowing that conditions were hazardous motivated me to drive slower, keep a greater distance between my car and others and the insight to know when to get out and when to stay home. What lingers is faith, that all is how it should be.
What I take away from my winter-cation is another lesson in surrender, simplicity and slowing down. An experience that allowed me to relax indoors with my wonderful family and read, read and read some more. I found myself one afternoon completely alone (thanks to my mom who lives down the street and took my son for several hours). As a working mom with a young child I get very little alone time, something I had just mentioned last weekend at dinner with my husband and a friend. What comes to mind in this moment, ask and you shall receive. I envisioned alone time on a beach surrounded by ocean and I received a quiet house and time to relax with a book, do yoga and time to myself.
I am grateful for all of the extra time that came with being iced/snowed in. I often express a need for more time and lament at how fast time does go by or how little of it have for doing more of what I love. Hopefully this gave us all a little more time. My hope for all in the Dallas area and those around the country forced indoors by inclement weather is more time to do what you love and more time to rest. It may not look like what we initially envision and it may not be convenient or easy to accept. However, it is important to slow down, to rest, to be with family, to let go of our plans and worries and to just accept the experience given to us. Trust and live in the present moment. Allow yourself time to rest, to counter the stress of daily living, it’s a necessity. Let this experience carry over into your future. Slow down, simplify and relax more! From my heart to your.