If you are reading this and live in the mid-Atlantic region, I hope that you are enjoying this beautiful March snow. I was taken by surprise when I woke up to find we had 4 inches of snow on the ground. I must admit I doubted the forecast and even lost some money on a few bets!
Snow days are almost magical to me. It’s the one time that everything is quiet and clean! It takes me back to my childhood days of spending all day sledding, building forts and getting into as much trouble as possible. And my teenage years, when I would make more money in a couple of days going door to door shoveling driveways than I would the rest of the winter.
This snow day did more than just bring back memories and give me a beautiful view, it taught me a lesson. We lost our power early Wednesday morning and between the snow and the lack of power I was forced to slow down.
At my house I don’t get cellular service without a cell phone booster, which doesn’t work without electricity. This created an environment in my home with no internet, TV, Facebook, Twitter etc. So what did I do? I relaxed and I rested.
There were no distractions and I was able to take some time to clear my mind. This time caused me to realize that many of the things I call distractions are only distractions because of my own lack of self-discipline. I don’t have to check my email 500 times a day, or refresh my Facebook every hour; I don’t have to watch television or make a ton of phone calls. Many of my “distractions” are really nothing more than a personal lack of discipline to say NO!
By being forced to say NO to the things that I am distracted with I was able to do something amazing…THINK! I was able to think clearly, and I was even able to allow my mind to wander into the world of what if, and what would it take to….
This snow day taught me a lesson that I needed to re-learn, and this time mother nature set the rules and my lack of self-control was unable to lead to distractions. So, in the future I am going to set aside time to THINK, REFLECT and REST! Will you do the same?