These past few weeks (and what seems like months), Central Nebraska has been incredibly dreary and hazy and COLD. We’re talking late starts and cancellations for school and community activities due to severe wind chills. I’m not exactly sure how many inches of snow we’ve had so far this winter but it seems like it would be in the dozens.
With the hazardous winter road conditions and bitterly cold temps, we’ve also had the opportunity to enjoy gorgeous snowfalls and the perfect excuses to stay bundled up indoors on the couch with a cup of something warm to drink and a good book (or a Netflix series).
There’s always a silver lining, friends.
It’s still incredibly cold and the forecast is calling for more snow and “wintery mix” later this week but yesterday the sun was shining bright in all of it’s natural glory (even though it was not even 20°F) and I found myself taking a moment after leaving the office to really embrace it’s warmth and light.
It’s amazing how the sun can create a sense of warmth even when the temp is well below freezing. Even in the tundra that is currently Central Nebraska, the sun doesn’t hold back.
We have the opportunity every day to be that warm, bright light for others (and ourselves) because that light exists in each one of us.
That light is the feeling you get when you work on something you’re good at after a period of wallowing in your inadequacies.
It’s that moment when you find your flow after you dive into something new and exciting and equally scary.
Your light is the compassion and understanding you offer your kiddo when they’ve behaved badly but you love them through it anyway.
You bring warmth to those around you when you make them feel welcomed and worthy because chances are they may have been feeling left out and unworthy.
Your light shines bright when you not only DISCOVER but OWN what it is you were created to do in this world even if the stereotypes in that world tell you differently.
The sun still offers it’s light and warmth in a dark and cold season.
The world needs your light and warmth in those seasons too.