Tuesday, February 26, 2013
in the midst of winter
I received this card from a Chicago friend who sends out "Cope with Hope" cards seasonally. I think her photographs and cards are such a simple, thoughtful little gift. This one was timed perfectly.
I've learned that an increase in my happiness is usually achieved by improving my attitude. I've been longing for spring and having a difficult time living in the present - living here in February with the cold, the wind, the cloudy days, and the snow. When reading this Cope with Hope card, I realized mentioning over and over again how much I detest February and want spring to come may not be the best way to foster my happiness. In my defense February has never been a kind month to me and my family, and it's usually around this time of the winter that I become completely impatient for spring.
But for the sake of my and everyone around me's happiness, I will try to foster my internal summer and to be attentive to the joy and happiness of the present moment - even if the present moment happens to be February. Honestly, I feel a little better already identifying the issue and writing this post. I know winter won't last forever, so I will do my best to appreciate the last bits of snow before the arrival of warm weather and sunshine.