He was my first snowman.
My cheeks were red with excitement and the cold. All he needed was a hat and I ran indoors to ask mum if I could use one of my knitted ones. With great ceremony I put it on his head and then stood back. He was as tall as me! He was smiling, and I’d made him all by myself.
That night, while I was getting ready for bed I heard an ominous sound. I knew what it was, it was the sound of water dripping. The icicles by the back door were melting and the snow looked different somehow. I stared put between my curtains at my snowman in the middle of the garden and tears crept down my cheeks.
Next morning he was gone. Just his blue knitted hat lay on the emerging grass, with his lumps of coal eyes.
Last week I thought about that snowman.
I thought about the snow we’d just had and how people reacted to it. I realised that my long-ago snowman had started me on the road to having a Positive Spin.
Here are the 4 Snowman Secrets to having a Positive Spin:
1. It’s too easy to say ‘No.’
The day is snowed heavily we could have easily said ‘No’ to going out. After all, the house was very cosy, we had stuff we ‘ought’ to have been getting on with. But out we went. What we would have missed if we’d stayed in!
Exquisite beauty, twigs transformed, a silent world, a traffic free road and childlike fun.
I’m going to try to say ‘Yes’ far more in my life. What about you?
It’s so easy to feel wary, scared, afraid of change. But when we say ‘Yes’, we rarely regret it.
2. We must appreciate people while they’re with us.
I was so sad when my snowman ‘died’. I’d only just met him and he was gone again.
I don’t want to sound morbid, but it’s often not until people leave us that we realise their importance in our lives.We must tell them how much they mean to us, show them we value them and give them hugs, virtual or real. It never seems to be the right moment. I’m going to try to tell them more often …
3. We must be proactive.
If I hadn’t built my snowman that day it would have been too late. It didn’t snow again that winter. I would have missed it.
It’s the same with life’s opportunities. If we don’t ‘seize the day’, the day will be gone. When we have the chance to learn something new, travel to a new place, make a new friend, we must take it. Before the opportunity disappears.
4. Take that risk!
We went to see the children sledging. It was a delight to see them. And then, as you know from this post, I was offered the chance to join in. It would have been so easy to say ‘No’. But I said ‘Yes’ and took the risk. If I’d waited for another day, the snow would have melted, and who knows when another chance would come? When will we next get snow?
Chances to do new things will come your way. Follow your instinct. If it feels right, do it! New course? Learn to dance? Learn to ski? Why not!
I realise that having a Positive Spin is not practical all the time. But once you start to develop the habit, you’ll be surprised, as regular readers will know.
It’s like rolling a snowball. It grows… and grows…
… until it’s a way of life.
I’ve chosen to seize the day and upgrade this blog.
There’ll be a new look very soon! I could have waited until another day, but I decided the time was right. I’ll enjoy developing and improving it for you, I’m certain of that.
Are you going to miss out on a magical, exciting experience?
Or are you going to say ‘Yes!’ and develop your Positive Spin?
What are you going to say ‘Yes’ to in 2011?
Do tell us. We all need some inspiration…
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