|Looking down the driveway while shoveling. Again.|
Years ago, when I was going to counseling to overcome long-standing depression issues, the fabulous psychologist I was seeing taught me one simple tool which made me look at the world differently. Not only did it help me to become a much happier person (lalalalalala), it changed the way I dealt with everyday frustrations. Like, you know, this Winter to End All Winters. (It is currently snowing. Again.)
|Need some ice for your martini?|
What's that? Oh, the simple tool was this: every time you have a negative thought, recognize you're having one, and replace it with something positive. For example... "I hate all this snow!" Oopsy, negative thought. "At least it's not sleeting!" [Hey, I told you it was simple. You were maybe expecting rocket science?]
|Shoveling a path to the birdfeeders. Have been unable to train birds to do it themselves.|
The only downside of this is that sometimes I tend to be a little Pollyanna about things. Always seeing the upside. Still, there are worse ways to live. Mind you, this winter has made it a bit difficult to stay positive at times, but I'm doing my best. If the bad weather is getting you down, here is my Pollyanna View of This Winter:
- Wherever you are, someone else probably has it worse. (Unless you're in Minnesota. Sorry, Elysia.)
- All this snow means we definitely don't have to worry about drought come summer.
- The bitter cold means less bugs like mosquitoes and ticks (which have been terrible here after a few mild winters in a row).
- The extended bitter cold also means less ragweed in the fall. (Huzzah!)
- Shoveling snow is like having your own personal gym, conveniently located right outside your door.
- It is really beautiful--especially when viewed from the couch while holding a cup of hot chocolate in one hand and a book in the other. But seriously, beautiful.
- We'll REALLY appreciate spring when it finally gets here.
- It gives us an excuse to hide out and hibernate, taking some time to be quiet and introspective. (See #6, above)
- Harsh winters can make us truly appreciate all the modern conveniences we have to help us through. Think about doing this kind of winter without electricity, running water, or grocery stores. Not to mention indoor plumbing!
- If you like winter sports or making snowmen, you are really in luck!
- Only 31 days until the Spring Equinox! Not that anyone is counting...