Welcome to Tuesday afternoon in my little corner of the world, where the sun is shining (albeit a very watery sun) and the wind has calmed down and I realize just the affect the weather has on the mood of people. I can cope with the rain and the cold but the wind drives me crazy. It unsettles me and leaves me feeling very wrung out so I am always glad to bask in the calm after the storm.
Most people I have spoken to recently are saying that they feel we have had a very cold winter and that they are tired of the cold. We get what we get and it is something over which we have no control. I believe some friends are suffering with SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) brought about by shorter days and less sunlight and the cold. Hold on everyone - spring is on the way and soon will come the long hot days of summer - the days when there will not be a puff of a cool breeze and we will be coping with the blistering extended hot spells. Before that I am looking forward very much to longer spring days when it is warm but not hot and the nights are cool and great for sleeping.
Wherever you come in the category of a liker or a hater of winter/summer, be gentle with yourself you are doing the best you can.
This also applies to how you are coping with other situations in your life - it is wise to be kind and gentle provided you know that you are doing the best you can and if you can do better then think about doing just that.
I sometimes think we make life difficult for ourselves by the harsh demands we put on ourselves, the deadlines we set (some very unreasonable) and the way we rush about between tasks. Employment sets a schedule to which we must conform but in our own personal lives it is okay to take the pressure off and to be gentle. I believe we need "buffer zones" between tasks and chores - those short breaks that give us time to restore and refresh. Why not try to make time and small "buffer zones" by starting out a little earlier, asking for help and reviewing the things you have scheduled for today - maybe one of the tasks can wait until tomorrow and you can benefit from a small break.
There are so many ways we can plan and make "instant refreshment times" - walk around your garden, smell the flowers, have coffee outside, read some pages of your book, make a phone call, send an email, read a story to a child, splash in puddles or walk in the rain - so many things can be that buffer zone.
Play music and sing loudly and happily.
Find joy and buffer zones in the little things and I wish for you green lights when you are on the road, a short line in the supermarket, a coffee you didn't have to make yourself, a smile from a stranger - it truly is the little things that bring much joy.
I hope you are able to put aside the larger worries of your day - such as illness, the need for a job, financial worries, for just a moment and be gentle with yourself.
There is so much joy and happiness in our world and there are also dark and dreary times too and it is my wish that you are able to hold on to the happy times to sustain you through the darker days.
Make plans to nurture and nourish yourself, your relationships and your family - and enjoy the little things in life and be gentle with yourself. Work diligently, be be aware of the need to take a break now and then.
Thank you for visiting the Musings of My Heart - a heart which is at peace with itself and I send care and concern to you.
Love and hugs,