Saturday, February 15, 2014

Relationships

We are connected to everything!
 
This means we are in relationship with everything.

Relationships with money, weather, people, pets, ourselves.

What is your relationship with winter?

We have had a tough winter in the U.S. "Jack Frost" has swept across the country! Meanwhile, Germany has had very little snow fall.

I hear people say they are done, they have had it, enough is enough. How many storms can we bear? Roofs are caving in, local streets are shrinking, there is talk about where to put all the snow, and low visibility when backing out of driveways.

Frustration, anger and desperation are in the air. Not to mention the bitter chill!

How is this impacting our quality of life?
After all, it is winter and this is what winter gives, cold temperatures (notice the word temper), snow and ice.

What if we change our attitude toward winter to improve the relationship?
All that we experience in relationships can be used for our education and growth.

 What if we look for what else winter provides:
  • Time to slow down and reflect.
  • Beauty.
  • Time of replenishment for nature.
  • Water for spring.
  • Spending time with family and friends.
“I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says "Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.”
― Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass    


 “What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.”
― John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley: In Search of America    

 “Spring passes and one remembers one's innocence.
Summer passes and one remembers one's exuberance.
Autumn passes and one remembers one's reverence.
Winter passes and one remembers one's perseverance.”
― Yoko Ono

Yes, perseverance. Let's thank winter for giving us the bragging rights for generations to come of the continuous snow storms and huge mounds of snow that we persevered!

 Oh, thank you Glorious Winter!