As I watched the snow coming down today it struck me just how meditative it can be to observe it falling and settling. Watching it for a moment or two from the window at school certainly encouraged me to be mindful. I was also reminded of a children’s poem I read with my little ones sometimes:
Snow says “Hush!”
to the city,
“Hush your clang
Wraps the streets
And tucks the city in.
And yet so much of the TV and radio has been filled with the negatives about the weather. Snow as, at best an inconvenience, and at worst a hazard. Yes, it is tragic when accidents happen and people suffer but snow is also a great bringer of joy. You only have to see and hear the excitement in the children’s voices when they talk about snowfall to know how special it is.
So here are 5 reasons to celebrate the snow:
- It’s an excellent opportunity to see the world through a child’s eyes – with wonder and awe. With a ‘beginner’s mind’ so to speak. Even a few flakes is enough for many of us to remember the excitement we felt as children when it began to snow. And it is very positive to have this reminder to see the world with a childlike curiosity and excitement whenever possible.
- Snow reminds us that the natural world is bigger and more phenomenal than we can ever be and this is ultimately reassuring. Just as looking up at the sky (as beautifully explained by Nicole from The Mum Reviews here) can remind us that our day-to-day mistakes and failings are pretty insignificant when compared to the massive expanse above us, snow has a similar effect too. You sent a clumsily worded email? You were a couple of minutes late to that meeting? So what, look what ‘mother nature’ can do! These minor issues really doesn’t matter in the whole scheme of things.
- A dusting of snow can bring beauty to even the most ugly of places. Driving through south-east London today made me appreciate just how pretty the snow can make anywhere look.
- It also brings a feeling of calm and stillness to even the busiest of places. The snow forces people to slow down, and even rest if they have to postpone plans. In this day and age that isn’t always a bad thing.
- And finally the snow can help families and neighbourhoods get outdoors and play together. The shrieks of excitement coming from the local park today were lovely to hear and were testament to this. Fun stuff like snowball fights, sledging, building snowmen and making snow angels are all more enjoyable done in groups.
Apart from the fabulous sport of skiing which I have written about before – are there any reasons to celebrate snow that I’ve missed? I’d love to hear your thoughts.