We have come to the doldrums of winter. The frivolity of the Christmas holidays are a distant memory and most New Year's resolutions have been broken, forgotten, or at best, compromised. Unless we are fortunate to live in a more temperate climate, the middle of February finds us weary of cold and ice and snow, of rain and wind, gloomy days and long frozen nights. The Super Bowl hype is over and the Ground Hog has either seen his shadow or not. Either way, Punxsutawney Phil, or General Lee for us in the South, has retired back to his reclusive hole for another year. It is still a long time until Easter or the Equinox, which ever comes first this year, and the heralding of Spring. Here at the Capitol, Session seems to stretch out forever and we count down the forty legislative days S-L-O-W-L-Y. April seems an awful long time away. Nature is asleep, marking time before the great thaw and the gradual awakening that accompanies it.
Ambivalence is a wonderful tune to dance to. It has a rhythm all its own. ~ Erica Jong
All in all, I can honestly say that this time of year has its own benefits. There isn't too much to think about except work and what the weatherman is predicting for the upcoming two or three days to come. It is too cold, too dreary, too dark to do much more than go home at the end of the work day, eat supper, engage in mindless television or quiet reading, and go to bed for a few hours of desperately needed rest before going through it all over again the next day. One day looks like the one before and the one before that, similar to the storyline of the movie Groundhog Day, a personal fave, I have to say. Yes, it can be boring, but for all its downfalls, the routine of this time of year is a rhythm that doesn't require much thought other than going through the rote motions. And in that simplicity, there is a comfort, a cadence of life, if you will. That, my friends, is the February Word of the Month - CADENCE.
My formula for living is quite simple. I get up in the morning and I go to bed at night. In between, I occupy myself as best I can.
-- Cary Grant
The cadence of Winter is understated. This season can be a respite for our bodies, as well as our souls. We should take Nature's example and hibernate, if not literally, then figuratively. We need, actually crave, at times a slower life and this is the time to heed that call. Fall into the rhythm of your life, embrace the cadence. The trick is to not fight it, accept that it is perfectly all right to slow down. Give yourself permission to start a jigsaw puzzle and take weeks to finish it. Pick up a book that you have long wanted to read but couldn't find time to devote during the three busier seasons.
In conforming to Winter's slower cadence, you can actually create new experiences or enjoy pleasures you have reluctantly put aside. Listen to your inner cadence of the heart and soul and not the cadence we think we must march to all year. Why rush to the cadence of a marathon race when the sway of a slow waltz is more satisfying?
"All nature works, and then rests; works and rests. I caught its rhythm and worked and rested with it. When I felt that inertia stealing over me, I rested; and while resting, my power recuperated - the tide rose in me." ~ Elizabeth Towne, 1904
If you have found a slower cadence in the past few weeks, please share with me and my readers what you have done to make that change. I would love to hear from you! Oh, and don't forget the 50 followers chocolate giveaway!