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.