Reclaiming Winter

When I was a kid, winter was my favorite season.  I loved how the landscape was covered with snow.  It felt magical. I loved building forts and castles in the snow.  I loved drinking hot chocolate. I loved that insects went away. The first snow of the season was a big occasion for me.

I kept that love of winter for a long time, but in recent years, I’ve felt differently.  I have a job that requires me to show up in any weather.  Each year, I have a few truly terrifying commutes through snow or ice storms.

I started to dread winter. By each September, I was already feeling fear about driving through winter storms. I resented the difficulty.  I wasn’t happy about the first snow anymore.

This winter, I decided to feel differently.  That’s the beauty of this law of attraction work.  I have tools now to change how I feel about any topic. I decided to reclaim my love of winter.

My main tactic was to make a deliberate attempt to appreciate winter.  In particular, I made a point of appreciating the snow.  It wasn’t hard.  It’s so dramatic and beautiful when the stark landscape of brown trees gets replaced by a blanket of white with snow swirling through the air. When new snow glitters in the sun, it looks like a field of diamonds.

I had to stop anticipating bad commutes.  It occurred to me that those days are few.  Driving is easy for most of the winter.  I deliberately chose not to think about stormy driving conditions.  Not thinking about it so much, took my level of fear way down.

When my fears about driving did come up, I reminded myself that I’d gotten through the previous couple of years without any trouble. I listen to my intuition about which driving route to take. I play inspiring CDs that make the ride more pleasant. I soothe my fears and I enjoy the transformed scenery as I drive slowly through the snow.  

I love the quiet of the winter. I look for owls and other wildlife.  I try to identify animal tracks in the snow. There is a farmstand near me that makes delicious apple cider, only in fall and winter. I’ve been drinking a lot of apple cider.

The other day, I thought about spring coming.  My genuine feeling was that I wasn’t ready for it yet.  I was glad that we had more of winter to go through.  

The lesson in this is that It was easy to reclaim my love of winter.  All it took was a few tweaks to my thinking.  With some deliberate focus, my overall attitude about winter went from dreading and resenting it to enjoying it. This is a small example but It makes me wonder what else I could improve with deliberately changed thinking.