Yesterday I was given a magical gift from The Universe. I was given yet another lesson in how one’s perspective and attitude can make all the difference.
In the wee hours of Wednesday morning, we got rocked by a big snowstorm. I’m not sure how much fell – a foot of snow, maybe? But it was a pretty big storm. Schools were closed (which doesn’t happen often around these parts) and the police were asking people to stay off the roads if they didn’t absolutely have to be somewhere.
Since I’m a pedestrian, this didn’t apply to me. Unfortunately, the place that I’m working right now isn’t one of those places that closes down in bad weather…it was business as usual.
I got suited up for the walk to work, dreading it. I knew that people hadn’t even begun cleaning up yet, and I didn’t want to face the walk to work in the blowing snow, trudging through snowdrifts. I gritted my teeth and headed out the door. Cranky about having to go outside. Cranky about leaving early so I’d have plenty of time to get there. Cranky about every possible thing imaginable.
I stepped out of my apartment to discover that the sidewalk hadn’t been cleared. Typical. I muttered a complaint in my head, crammed in my earphones, cranked up the tunes and trudged along.
It wasn’t long before I had to actually give up on the sidewalks, and walk on the street, otherwise it would have simply been too difficult. The snow was deep and I was cranky.
And then, suddenly, I just stopped. I stopped in the middle of a snowdrift and turned off my music. I stood and observed everything around me. The way the morning light looked. The crisp, clean smell of the snow. The fact that it really wasn’t all that cold. The quiet sounds of the city, muffled by all the snow everywhere.
As I took all of this in…I smiled. I smiled at what I was being blessed with. Days like this don’t come along very often, and I knew I had a choice: to continue being cranky about it or drink it in, in all it’s glory.
I arrived at work, 30 minutes early, with a huge smile on my face, feeling like I was only one in the world who had been let in on a huge secret. I had gotten to experience the absolute perfect winter morning and it was likely that I was the only one in the entire city who saw it that way.
It really *is* all in how you look at things. Life is more beautiful than we give it credit for…with more opportunities to see beauty and joy than we can imagine.
Thank you, Universe. Yet again.
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