Unless there's tragedy or true peril (tornadoes, flooding, hurricanes, icy roads, lightning, etc.), why do we complain about the weather? What purpose does it serve? How do our thoughts about the weather make it feel worse than it is?
Our first winter in Ohio years ago was gray and wet and cold and dreary. I found myself complaining along with everyone else. It was depressing. So our second winter here, I decided to try a little positive thinking and self-talk. When I noticed the gray dreariness, I would say out loud, with a big smile on my face, "What a beautiful day!"
Sometimes, I would cheerily chirp this affirmation to perfect strangers walking past, huddled in their winter coats and scarves, under umbrellas. Surprisingly, no one punched me in the face or tried to have me committed to the loony bin. And the positive thinking and self-talk worked. I truly was much happier that winter than I'd been the previous, whiny winter.
Now, there are people who suffer from seasonal affective disorder for whom winter poses a serious health problem. I'm not making light of those with a real problem. But the rest of us need to stop griping and start chirping. This fall, I even purchased a happy orange umbrella to remind me that (unless it's flooding), rain is good.
This positive attitude prompted me to start my 2016 Use-My-Stamps Resolution with a box of wood-mounted, winter-themed stamps. This card makes me particularly happy.
The scribbled tree stamp is from Hero Arts, and it sort of annoys me how the scribbles are tight at the top and become looser toward the bottom. The stamp feels a tad top-heavy to me. Then it occurred to me to overlap the sentiment (also Hero Arts, but a long ago, discontinued stamp), and balance is restored...at least in my eyes. Perhaps I'm just too finicky.
The border punch is from Martha Stewart, and I used three layers of white to evoke layers of snow.
We have a 40% chance of snow in the wee hours of Monday morning, which might prompt a snow delay on our first day back at school. Whatever happens, we'll deal with it...chirpily.
And with the warm comfort of hot coffee. Ahhhh. Warm winter comfort, indeed.
stamps: Hero Arts
ink: Impress Fresh Ink Basil, VersaMagic jumbo java
paper: Papertrey white
accessories: Martha Stewart border punch
PS While my post is somewhat flip and silly, please take a minute to think of and pray for those seriously affected by the weather in the past few weeks. Tornadoes and flooding have taken lives and destroyed homes and businesses. Kudos to the relief agencies and non-profits and churches working to help those in distress.