Around here, we’re approaching winter.  I don’t mind the snow…when it’s just a picturesque view from inside my warm home. I enjoy nature’s frosting, to a point.  When does the affection diverge into disdain?  Volume. Too many cute snowflakes congregating at once.  And I know I’m not alone. 

Mixed in with my complaining, there IS gratitude.  We don’t deal with hurricanes in these parts.  And earthquakes, although not unheard of, are uncommon.  Sure, we’ve got spring tornadoes, reminding us of mother nature’s Midwest fury.  Even so, I think my biggest whining tendency comes from this:  Snow can be measured…not just in inches but also in months.  The ‘dark days’ of winter can be comforting…I enjoy cocooning as a concept but not as forced hibernation.  It’s the months and months…from here to March that are mind-numbing.

My antidotes? Fresh air when it’s reasonable.  Yep, I’m the one opening the house and turning down the furnace if the thermometer registers in the mid-forties or higher.  My mother-in-law professed the urgency of ‘airing out’ in the winter – whenever possible.  I like that philosophy and it must help to shoo errant cold germs or other cooties out, right? I just tell the other occupants to layer up for a bit…and I ignore the fussing.

Nimble on my feet? So importantwhile navigating any slippery surface.  Not just driving.  Actually, driving is the least of my concerns.  I have a history of klutziness and know too many friends who’ve suffered horrific tumbles…spontaneous, unintended acrobatics… more so than fender benders.  One moment they’re UP – moving through their day – and in a nano-second, they’re on the ground…or at the bottom of a flight of stairs (or in my case, choral risers…oy!). 

Winter reminds me that “slippery” isn’t just about snow and ice.  Slippery, dangerous territory is everywhere as we navigate daily life, especially for loved ones – near and far, old and new – who face chronic health and mobility challenges.  My complaining about snow and ice?  Shut my mouth. As soon as I think it, I’m ashamed – thinking about dear ones who navigate the same terrain in wheelchairs or with other mobility aids.  Transferring from chair to car in inclement weather?  Treacherous. 

My dad often said to my mom, ‘Slow down…just slow down…for the love of God, slow down’.  She was a whirling dervish on two feet, for sure.  No matter what she was doing in the moment, her head was typically miles down the road.  Which leads me to a new mantra, actually a couple of them.  I like the idea of reminding myself, every morning, to keep my mind and body unified, self-talk style. Like this:

Let’s not get ahead of one another other, okay guys?  Let’s move in unison.  Mind?  You want to wander, free-range?  No problem.  Do that during meditative moments, not when we’re in motion.  Body? You want to do three things at once?  Who do you think you’re dealing with here?  One thing at a time.  One thing at a time.

The inner dialogue is surprisingly reassuring.  If I listen.  So, I’m trying – and the other mantra that matters…at the moment…is the reminder to be more of a mono-tasker than a multi-tasker.  Good advice for this winter-averse human who’d like to keep all of her parts in reasonably good working order.

And just for fun? This post brought a soundtrack with it – one of my favorite Jack White and the Raconteurs tunes. Here’s to a retro dance break…shake it, friends…find your morning garage band groove with me.

From me to you…let your spirit soar…Steady As She Goes.

Vicki 😊

25 thoughts on “Steady As She Goes…

  1. Ah, Vicki! Another delightful post! I was smiling as I remembered the chorale risers. 🤭 And I love the self talk. “Let’s not get ahead of one another other, okay guys? Let’s move in unison. “ That’s just too great! 😃

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    1. I’m gonna start a Kendra fan club…you are the best! Thank you for all of your encouragement and love…and heartfelt enthusiasm. Love you for it, Kendra! Dance with Jack a little, just for fun – and I’ll pretend I’m there grooving with you. Have a great day. xo! 🤍

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  2. Mono-tasker – what a great phrase and reminder. One of my friends who is also a great mountaineer always coaches when we’re walking on ice to step lightly. And usually when he says that on a tricky trail, I think “easy for you to say.” But there’s wisdom to your mantra and his, to gently and easily keep the forward motion going.

    Love how you mix gratitude, humor and wisdom, Vicki!! Always a delight!!

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  3. I always thought life would be better with a soundtrack. Now you have me wondering how to incorporate one in my blog! Hmm. And now you’ve given me something to ponder during my hibernation!

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    1. Hey there – that sounds like a two-fer! Hibernation with a purpose – love it! I’m not sure Jack White would be the best if you’re trying to chill…but let me know what you come up with!
      😊😊 😊

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  4. I’m also winter-averse, Victoria, mainly because of the dark and cold. In Boston it gets dark around 4 pm and my hibernation kicks in. Crazy that I grew up in Michigan, live in Boston, travel every 6 weeks to Chicago for work. (Today its 27 and sunny). Oh, and family in Toronto as well. Looking forward to some southern travel this winter. Trying to keep keep the inner light glowing. Twinkle lights and candles help along with my morning sunny window. My brain has trouble dealing with passage of time, so when I saw Dec. 1, that threw me. Always looking for ways to stay bright.

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    1. Thanks, Evelyn…I love your approach with twinkle lights and candles…I need to get on board with that — it does help! Here’s to travel to sunny, southern locales — that sounds lovely! In the Chicago-area today it’s sunny and we started off at 16 degrees…but the forecast says we’ll be in the 50’s tomorrow – so that’s a reason to cheer! Keep your inner light glowing…I love that thought…and I think I’ll try to do the same. Have a great day! 😘

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  5. Yea, the dark days of winter don’t usually start to hit me here in Pennsylvania until after Christmas, it usually comes fast the first two weeks of January, but it seems to be coming earlier this year. The temps dipped into the 20s overnight and felt like snow this morning. I wouldn’t have been surprised to see a snow squall today. Ugh.

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  6. Thanks for the great tune! That was a new one for me. I’m a big winter and snow lover too and I’m also a cold weather window opener for the same reasons as you, but I admit that sometimes getting to the other side of March can be difficult. Cold, damp, cloudy days are beautiful for a while, but then they start to really suck 😂

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    1. I’m with you…okay for a bit…and THEN! And hey! Great to meet another ‘window opener’! I bet your household hates you as much as mine does me…but I can’t help but believe it’s good to ‘air out’. 😊😊😊 And holy cow — I shared a piece of music that was new to YOU? That’s never gonna happen again, you, the professional musician. I’m glad you liked it!

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