The snowy, cold, icy winter continues to deliver a vortex driven series of punches to the gut of most of the United States. The Narnia-like wintry grip seems to refuse to give way to spring.
However, the passing of each day will eventually make the Abominable Snowman yield to all things spring – among them melting snow, flowers blooming, and grass growing.
The media coverage is everywhere. It is hard to avoid and it most certainly captures one’s attention.
In an alleged match-up between “Winter Olympics” vs. “Summer Olympics”, the snowy, frozen version of the O-games wins hands down – at least in my opinion.
You might differ, fair enough.
The pace is fast and the various events have the appeal of a winter sports smorgasbord to the novice as well as seasoned sports nut.
Days, weeks, months, and years of training and sacrifice are expended by the athletes involved – no matter the event, be it skiing, bobsled, figure skating, ski jump, luge, hockey, and the crazy fly-through-the-air-backwards-forwards-upside down events that defy logic.
Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers. But they delight in the law of the Lord, meditating on it day and night. They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do. Psalms 1:1-3 (NLT)
There are other moments where the gearshift seems to be lodged in neutral, giving one a sense they are neither coming nor going.
Finally, there are moments in the human experience that take our breath away, those instants leaving us wanting for words to speak as we soak in the silence of a slice of time labeled the present.
Do any of you recall lazy Saturday mornings growing up as a kid?
- Your eyelids lifted gently to the light of day when you awoke versus when you had to get up, as in going to school.
- Perhaps the smell of breakfast cooking invited you to emerge from your bed to come downstairs, still in your PJ’s, sleepy eyes and all.
- Your Mom or Dad greeted you, you chowed down, and then you were off to watch your favorite cartoons for a little while.
We’re a week into the New Year, how are those resolutions going?
A U.S Government survey, shows a little less than half of all Americans make some kind of New Year’s resolution, but most don’t keep them:
- 75% will last a week.
- 64% will keep them for a month.
- Only 46% will ever make it to the six month mark.