I get a small chuckle from the collective conscious that hits right after Christmas in the form of pining for springtime. It seems the only winter we want is the couple of weeks around Christmas, the pretty stuff, the stuff that enhances the festive scene. But right after that? No more snow, no more cold, no more dreary dark—fast forward me to sunshine.
Is this a matter of not wanting to live in the moment? Or is this our advanced nature as God’s children—that we want to progress? That once we’re done with one thing, we’re ready for the next?
Or are we just a fickle people?
Or is it just that this time of year is the epoch of our doldrums?
Or even this: is it that there are too many catalogs arriving thick and glossy with Easter dresses and resort casual in a variety of corals? And is that too much for the snow-bound to take?
I get that January is the month of forward thinking, and goal setting and beginning anew, but the wintry aspect of its inherent place on the calendar doesn’t really lend itself to that “getting out and doing things” mindset. So why do we? Is it the changing of a new year? Or is it really that people are SO DONE with the excess of the holidays that “slimming down” body and soul is just man’s next step?
Truth is, I don’t know. But I don’t want to go on a diet.
(I don’t want to go ANYWHERE.)
Still, I’m curious your thoughts on why you think we do this. And if we don’t love January for the deep and unchanging light outside, the permanent gray, why do we love January? Or how can we? For goals and new beginnings?
Since I’m not quite ready for that, and as I stare at the abysmal looking outside, and feel cold in my bones just from seeing the snow and a sleety rain that’s just beginning, I am grateful for the warmth of a hot piece of bread and a bowl of French onion soup next to it, steaming right up onto my cheeks.
So that’s what it is for me. Today. Soup. Soup is something I like about January.
What about you? What redeeming qualities can you cull up from the depths of winter? Or what is your BIG MOTIVATION that makes you move forward?