Winter – a time for indoor contemplation and outdoor shivering. (Unless you live near the equator.) A time when nature hibernates under the snow or migrates to milder climes. The earth tilts on its axis and the poles switch thawing.
Many dred winter’s uncompromising chill, while others revel in winter sports. Some tolerate the colder weather until after the first of the new year, but as soon as January 2nd marks the calendar, most people are ready for the warmth and beauty of spring – and they want it now! They are tired of the cold and the blizzards, the downed power lines, snow shoveling, and the danger of freezing to death.
People become bored, depressed, dragged down by the same grayness that greets them every morning…We recently experienced a five-day gray spell, three days of which held rain or drizzle and temperatures that did not reach 45 degrees. That may seem tame compared to blizzard weather, but here in south Texas that is plenty of winter for most of us.
Live oak (As compared to dead oak?)trees with their small leaves are still green here. Cedar trees don’t lose their follage either, but are now yellowish with pollen. What deciduous trees there are around here have become naked skeletons barely poking above rooftops, but the terrain is not exactly barren.
Winter: A time for reflection, cuddling, growing pale, hot chocolate, reading, to-do’s that have been put off, and blazing fireplaces. Mostly, winter reminds us of how sad our lives might be. However, it is also a time of knowing that the cold and bleakness won’t last forever, so there is no reason to despair.
Winter movies should be upbeat, full of bright scenes with funny, witty dialogue. We don’t need dark scenes that remind us of what waits outside the theater. We certainly don’t need violence to stimulate our brains in the wrong direction. Rent movies that make you laugh and feel good.
Are humans supposed to physiologically shutdown in winter, like some flora and fauna? Are we fighting against what is inately ingrained in us? Does the frustration of being stuck inside arouse the anger that we have stiffled throughout the year? I don’t have those answers…But, I can look them up on the Web. Now that can be stimulating! There are tons of bright pictures and happy videos online, too. Check out museums, art galleries, and bookstores in order to bask in intellectual beauty. Maybe there’s a live comedy venue nearby.
Hints: Put on some dance music and move your tush, teach your kids to cook, put on a talent show, play games, try a new recipe, plan spring break or summer vacation, volunteer at a hospital or rest home, call in sick for your spouse and play in bed, take up a new hobby, go through your kitchen cabinets and drawers for things you haven’t used in years and put them in a box for Goodwill or Salvation Army or the local women’s shelter, update your photo albums, do something you haven’t done in ten years, organize your DVDs and/or CDs, call the homeless shelters and ask what they need, tackle that jigsaw puzzle someone gave you ages ago, get a jumpstart on spring cleaning, renovate a piece of furniture, try actually writing a letter with pen/paper, cut out photos/articles from magazines to put into your dream home file…use your imagination.
Winter – a time of contemplation and renewal.