The temperature plunged to 4º last night – the lowest it’s been all winter. The streets were empty as everyone had rushed during the afternoon to be in the warmth of their homes by evening. Driving home from work last night, I noticed in the quiet darkness that all of the Christmas lights have been taken down leaving the streets and night skies bleak. The desolation of cars and lights left the evening and night lonely with only the sound of that cold cold wind. Yesterday, we finally faced the reality of winter.
Facing the reality of winter seemed to parallel, quite well, the reality of January. The transition from the holiday season into real life isn’t the most gradual. It hits us stone cold, like the winds that howled through my city last night. We leave the holidays behind; cozy, fireplace lit and peacefully crackling, family and friends around, no agenda… And open the door of real life to find alarm clocks, calendars, to-do lists, bills… BOOM – the freezing winds.
So, we face it. And it’s not more than two steps into the cold that we realize the hype of the holiday season is over and just memories remain along with maybe a random Christmas mug or candle that still lies in the house. The excitement of the new year, that fresh-start-feeling, the inspiration to create resolutions, goals, and aspirations are being put to test now that the actualities of life – work & school, schedules, deadlines & projects – have shown up. It’s easy to lose sight of what you determined to change and why when the basic necessities of your daily life come into play. It’s a challenge all of humanity has, but let’s not become too busy too soon. Let’s keep our goals in mind, let’s stay focused, concentrate on the good, and let’s always make time to change in the midst of winter.