Clarity on a Cold Arctic Night…
Tonight after work I put on some layers…bundled up nice and toasty and stepped out into the dark night. As I took a short cut across the tundra on a walking path…I heard the crunch of the snow under my feet, my breath was frosty (my glasses started to fog up!) and I started to feel the boogers in my nose as well freeze. I looked up and saw a faint trail of Northern Lights dancing over my head. It was one of those perfect nights to be outside.
Its surprising how your senses come alive when you are walking. Perhaps this was due to the -32C windchill with an actual temperature of -28C…but it was still an awesome night for a walk. This week I’ve started walking 2 nights with a friend and her dog..we leave about the same time, and meet up and continue on our walk. It’s amazing how much a 30-45min walk can give you perspective, it definitely clears your head. Or maybe that’s just brain-freeze taking over my thinking!
Today I read an blog post by Kelle Hampton. Ever since I stumbled upon her blog two years ago, I’ve been a faithful reader. Even though I know she publishes regularly on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays…I have to check back just in case she’s posted on an ‘off-day’, so I might be a blog stalker–but who isn’t? Kelle’s blog Enjoying the Small Things shares bits of her life through her amazing photography and cleverly crafted words! Two years ago her second daughter, Nella, was born with Downs Syndrome. Just recently ABCnews.com did a story about Living with Down Syndrome and interviewed Kelle. Her blog post from Wednesday February 1, 2012…although was talking about life and challenges of raising a daughter with Down Syndrome..it really struck a cord with me for different reasons. (Go ahead and click and read…I’ll be waiting!)
Kelle wrote, ” There is reason for everyone to be unhappy. There is reason for everyone to be happy. What’s your focus?”
As I walked to meet up with my friend tonight I started to think. What is my focus? I must admit… at times I am a girl that looks at life as the glass that’s 1/2 empty. I have struggled and continue to struggle with wanting what my friends have, thinking that the grass must be greener on the married-with-kids-side-of-life, and how it’s rather dull here on the single-girl-in-the-Arctic-side-of-the-fence. I realized that this line of thought is focusing on the reasons to be unhappy, and I need to change my focus.
My mum reminded me tonight that I’m the type of person that takes a long time to process things…trying to sort it out before I can take action. (this can be viewed or labelled as procrastination..I like to think about it as my creative processing!) I that this ‘revelation’ is not a quick one that just popped into my head today..but something that’s been slowly percolating in the back of my brain for awhile, that’s how all my great ideas are formed. And today it all was clear to me, and made sense… Focusing on things that make you happy. Might not be rocket science, but really does makes perfect sense…and can be applied to all areas of my life. I know tonight that walking in the cold on a beautiful Arctic night with a friend and her dog made me crazy happy…I’m going to have to repeat that!
Kelle eloquently summed up her blog and wrote, “My point? You cannot wait for Life to come to you. You have to go get it–pursue it in a wild, passionate chase that includes the foreboding depths of challenge and heartache just as much as the ecstacy of triumph and success. You have to want it bad enough to seek it not only when things are rough and the pursuit of it brings the hope of change, but when things are comfortable and easy, and the quest for more living–more purposeful awareness–might even make you scared. It is in that fear–that breathtaking exhileration of “What If?”–that you rise to the occassion.
You step out of your comfort zone and experience the thrill of taking risks and the possibility of believing that, sure, things might be good, but if you stretched a little further, they might be great. I want to know great. And I will work hard to find it.”