If you live in a part of the world that experiences four seasons, you know the sense of impending doom the fall equinox can bring to those who dread the cold, dark winters. As a New England native, I have experienced this swing in the collective consciousness for nearly 30 years. But what if I could tell you that winter doesn’t have to be dark and dreadful? What if you could view winter from an entirely new perspective? I love to view winter as the birth of something new: the birth of snow.
As an avid skier and aspiring mountaineer, I chase snow – across the country, across the four seasons, up into mountains, down into valleys...if it’s there, I’m hoping to find it. I chase it for as long as I possibly can until finally, I give in to the comforting, warm sunshine of a New England summer. I see summer as the reincarnation of snow – a new birth of flowing rain, rivers and ocean. I reframe my intentions and start to follow the same trails that were once filled with packed snow and ice with a newfound excitement for the earth’s incredible cycles.
I believe the key to loving any season is to find an activity you can do that makes your soul come alive. For me, it’s action sports and hiking, but for you, it might mean cozying up on your couch and reading a good book, hot yoga, seasonal sports or cooking new recipes. If you can connect your passions to different seasons, then you’ll always have something to look forward to in the same way that you anticipate an exciting vacation that’s off in the distance.
So, think about it. See if you can identify at least one hobby, passion or activity that you connect to at different times of year. It’s okay if there's only one, but just notice in your mind how that activity might change based on the season. If you find yourself blocked when thinking how much you still dislike one season, try and reframe your thoughts and ask yourself: How can I choose to see this activity and this season in a different way? How can I choose to enjoy this more based on what mother nature is offering?
Ultimately, we always have an opportunity to see things from a more positive point of view. Every season has something wonderful to offer, we just have to be willing to get out there and find it.
What came to mind for you? Share in comments!