Two weather events prompted an attitude adjustment for me this week. Just about anywhere you are in the country today (that would be in the US), the weather has been dicey. When I went out to the car today, the door was stuck frozen, and it was in the garage! I went inside to check online to find out what to expect for the day. The day before I had been surprised by a snowstorm. (What planet had I been on that I didn’t even know it was to snow?)
There on The Weather Channel was a video of my son’s school (Madison, WI) from the day before. I laughed as I watched the video of an event he had told me about last night. 5,000 students (Title: Watch Out, Giant Snowball Fight) came out for a snowball fight on Bascum Hill. He said it was like living through the Civil War with the East side of campus against the West side. What a great way to deal with an unexpected halt to life. (Since all the kids are in exam week, I would love to study if the tension release in this fun outdoor play will help them or hurt them in their tests. My best would be on help them.)
I hopped in the car to head to my office still thinking about the snowball fight. It was -7 degrees. Up ahead I could see three little bodies wrapped in layers of snow gear rolling in the snow. Three boys, waiting for the kindergarten bus, were throwing snow, making snowballs and having fun. Wisps of breath poured out of their mouths. Their cheeks were bright red. They could hardly move due to the gear, yet they were having a blast. They didn’t even seem to realize they should be complaining about the cold, the inconvenience of the snow and slow traffic. At that point, I had my mindset adjustment for the day. We really are little kids in big bodies, when we let the little kid out to play, we are far happier. I can be too intense and focused on my to-do list. So, I worked a ¾ day and headed out to do shopping that I thought would be fun. Yes, the work was still waiting for me this morning, but I had some fun yesterday. The effects are lingering.
What are you going to do to have some fun and recharge today? Invite others to play with you. Enjoy!