There is something really peaceful about taking a quiet walk in the snow. And if it’s the first fallen snow, you might be lucky enough to be the first person to make footprints. Many years passed in my life before I started to really recognize and appreciate these slow moments when one can become mesmerized by simple patterns and reactions in the snow.
The intricate patterns in tiny snowflakes, the way the thick, white snow coats the tree branches, the sweet shape of one’s snow angel, and the simple footsteps we can make on fresh-fallen snow….It’s rare here in East Tennessee yet welcomed by many children and teachers! For kids, it brings excitement with school closings, hills to sled, snowmen to design, and hot chocolate to drink. But as an adult, I think it’s pretty awesome too. If we are lucky enough to get a snow this year, you really should get out in it and experience it.
Am I dreaming of snow days at this time of year?! Most certainly, but I’m also dreaming of new beginnings. It’s magical how snow can transform the most generic spaces into something magnificent. This year, so can you whether it snows or not!
Dreaming of those footprints I will make on the wooded street that lies around the corner, I imagine deliberately stepping slowly to watch the way my boot will make a fresh imprint in fresh snow. If I’m the first one to walk on the road, I might make the first prints. Much like the goals and intentions that I set for myself in 2018, only I can make those steps. No one’s footstep will be exactly like mine. I believe we should slow down enough to watch our feet slowly hit the road. Our goals or new year’s resolutions don’t have to be life-altering (or unrealistic) resolutions that will only play out for a couple weeks. No, our intentions in 2018 can be simple steps.
The weather conditions will impact the way the snow crackles, softly crunches, melts, or even makes no noise under your boot. In the year ahead, expect that life will do the same . We can control if we go out into cold weather. We can control how quickly we step and the direction we head but then Mother Nature and life will do the rest.
Our footsteps may be covered up quickly with new fallen snow. Or, your steps may melt the snow down to the ground and remain frozen until the rest of the road melts. Such is life. Our goals may look fairly insignificant at glance and may be quickly forgotten. Or, we may be able to see them hours or days later. Enjoy those first steps even if others can’t see them. Take intentional steps to be a good person even if no one else notices. We can notice and pay attention to small, gentle changes.
Do I really want some snow days this year!? Yes! But, do I also want a year full of intentional, slow footsteps even if Mother Nature brings no snow? Yes. In 2018, let’s set our intentions, even if it’s not a “resolution”, to bring slower, more peaceful steps. May this new year bring us moments of peace even if the surroundings are familiar. Let us all see things with new eyes and take fresh steps towards simple happiness, much like a child playing in the first snow!