Snow turns to soft delicate water drops as it melts off the roof and lands upon the ground. I find myself tempted to pour through my seed catalogs and begin to count the days and weeks left before I can begin planting my vegetable gardens.
I look at the melting snow and am reminded that my little chicks are arriving on April 3rd. Just like everyone else, I look to Pinterest seeking chicken coop ideas. It has been a few years since I was able to have chickens, and I am really looking forward to having hens scavenge freely in my yard.
Who can dispute the fresh, hearty taste of a fried egg that was laid just that morning?
As some of you know, (okay most of you know this, who am I fooling), I am a crazy cat/chicken/horse/dog lady. Simple things give me such joy about my pets. I snapped a photo of my cat's paw print in the snow this morning. (Who does that?). It was so cute to me.
That is my point...you see we focus so much on the other things around us that we simply do not notice the brilliance in front of us! That cardinal is just as lovely all year 'round as he is in the winter.
How often I go about my business most of the year not noticing much of what is around me. When it is gone, or when other matters take precedence, I miss the boat on a blessing.
There are large and small items to just take notice of; moments of joy like when my granddaughter pets my hand because she is so happy to be near me, or when our dog rolls in the snow playing.
How about when the husband gives a foot rub or when the parents come over for the day? You do know they won't be there forever. You do know that time will change all that.
So when it comes to the January thaw, don't let it fool you into concentrating on what is yet to be. When the cardinal lands upon a branch and sings a tune, remember he is just as brilliantly red in the summer as he is in the winter. The white of the January snow only makes him appear to be brightly red than ever before.
Live in the moments you have and ignore that January thaw. There is plenty to do and focus on in the here and now.