Now that I’m living in Encinitas, California, I am two thousand miles away from Minnesota winters. Excuse me while I do the “no more winters” happy dance.. . . Okay, that was rather enjoyable.
Now, having said that, I have to admit that I do miss that invigorating inhalation of brisk, cold air you get when you walk outside in frigid weather. But I’m not willing to endure being frozen for three months just for occasional ten-second pleasures.
There is also something to be said for trudging through deep snow in below-zero temps when a warm home is waiting for you just minutes away. Yes, there’s something undeniably romantic about dealing with brute nature. But I am quite content to experience that pleasure through memory alone; I have enough such memories to fill up three or four lifetimes.
So even though I prefer the warm, sunny beach to the frozen tundra, I can appreciate this musing from Henry David Thoreau:
Take long walks in stormy weather or through deep snow in the fields and woods, if you would keep your spirits up. Deal with brute nature. Be cold and hungry and weary.
Okay, that was Henry. This is me:
May you warm up, eat your fill and enjoy a good night’s sleep!
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Phil is the author of Sixty Seconds: One Moment Changes Everything, a collection of 45 inspiring, life-changing stories from prominent people he interviewed, including Joan Borysenko, Deepak Chopra, geneticist Dr. Francis Collins, acclaimed sportswriter Frank Deford, Dr. Larry Dossey, Wayne Dyer, Dan Millman, Caroline Myss, Dr. Christiane Northrup, Dr. Dean Ornish, Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen, Dr. Bernie Siegel, James Van Praagh, singer Billy Vera, Doreen Virtue, Neale Donald Walsch, and bassist Victor Wooten.
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