Mentally Preparing for Winter

Autumn is so special when it begins to unfold, but it is, it seems, the season that ends on a desperate note. We look forward to winter passing into the beauty of spring, we look forward to spring passing into the warm weather and vibrant green of summer, and we look forward to summer passing into a cacophony of color for autumn. But at autumn’s end, it is nothing more than stark, bare trees awaiting the cold of winter. And while we can groan and mumble about it, it IS going to happen! So why not set yourself up with preparations and ideas to keep engaged during this time?

Our days are filled with less sunlight hours, making the nights seem endless. Our minds tell us subconsciously that it’s time for bed when the skies are dark, and our bodies sometimes struggle not to give in and go to bed far too early. The holiday season – Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years – give us planning to do, but once the holidays are over, the doldrums can set in rather quickly.

One of the things I’ve found that helps me cope with the early darkness at night, and with my S.A.D. (seasonal affective disorder) is to use what are called “day” bulbs in several of my lamps. These bulbs burn a bright light, very white, and make us feel like daylight is around us.

Being cooped up during artic weather is another difficulty. I suggest taking up a craft, or reading, or saving movies you’ve never seen before to help fill the hours. Of course, if you’re like me, you’ll spend time in the kitchen making all of those comfort foods we seem to crave. Also, winter time is a good time to have your evening meal at the table, instead of in front of the TV. The pleasure of eating is always increased when we choose to “dine” appropriately. If you’ve got kids underfoot, depending upon their ages, engage them by letting them help you prepare a meal. I remember that jigsaw puzzles were always fun during the winter, and they can be a family event.

Just try to find things to do other than relying on social media to fill your hours! It’s important to keep occupied so that your mind is active and not lingering in the sadness that winter can bring in varying degrees to each person. And remind yourself that you will get through it!

I’ll be writing a post on preparing your kitchen for winter next, so stay tuned for that! Meanwhile, enjoy the autumn season as much as you can!

I’m Rambling Again…

I believe that words – read or spoken – can cause us to experience physical sensations. While often not nearly as intense as we may experience in other forms of stimulation, they still cause some depth of stirring. A well-written novel of mystery and suspense does, at critical times in the storyline, instill us to take a small gasp of breath, or blink our eyes; gory enough and some of us will shudder and make a face of distaste.

Anticipating the beginning of a book – postponing for a few moments the actual realization of the power formed by ink on paper, but for a moment, just a glance that it awaits us – understanding the potential of those words to touch us deeply, knowing of its ability to transport us to a place far outside ourselves, to be given the power to wander through another’s thought process…to capture a glimpse of a journey so much less mundane than our own existence – fiction or non, each compels us to explore another’s sense of perception, a way of thinking perhaps close or distant to our own. It matters not that we know the author personally, we shall still trust the written word in its entirety, believe in the places that we will travel by nature of those written words. No matter what the words are, no matter how great our need to escape to that place, listening closely, one can hear the voices as the story unfolds.

Words are needed to record for posterity the hopes and the failures of the treasures of life – past, present and future – to explain to what end we as individuals and as a society justify our means. As a society, we seek to avoid conflict yet continue to remain fully armed for it. So we do as individuals – on a smaller scale, but nonetheless – in some ways, our progress to avoid conflict is spurred on by our fear in our ability to conquer it. To conquer – to survive – to what ends do we seek the tools that will ensure our safety, be that safety real or imagined? Society retards the evolution of trust in a na├»ve, if not foolish, belief, we trust in a society that has no regard for trust. Yet, that society seeks to have us trust in it without question. So it is with us individually – by nature, we retard the evolution of trusting in another while simultaneously expecting that person’s blind trust in us. Trust is like an open letter that allows another to see us with little or no conscious thought or limitation placed upon the idea of emotions expressed – a pure stream of consciousness with no restraints or barriers. In the name of goodness in humanity, we push to be allowed the choice to accept another’s weaknesses while hiding our own….