Food for our Minds and Spirits: The Opposite of a Snow Day?

It was INSANELY wintery on Sunday. And then Monday was okay, and then Tuesday and Wednesday have been days of such uncommon beauty, such unseasonal warmth and brightness. To live in NE Ohio in the advent of this stage of climate change is truly bizarre at times. But as nature always does, there are moments of rapturous beauty to experience.

It got me thinking about snow days, because Sunday felt like it could have been a snow day. It was not only full of ice and chill, but it was so windy that it felt like ones of those days where it wasn’t reasonable to be asked to be present. Sometimes the winter is too much to bear, so we give ourselves permission––either in agreement with one another because of a policy, or just in choosing to stay in bed––to hide from it.

But the swift change to something warm and beautiful just two days later left me wondering: what is the opposite of a snow day? Is there such a thing as a day that is too beautiful that it’s not reasonable to stay inside? Is there a day when we cancel school and don’t show up for work, not because it is too grim and snowy outside, but because it is too bright and beautiful? And what does it say about us and how we think about the value of our time that we would care only for our safety from the snowy winter and not care as much about our more vital thriving on these sunny, warm days?

If you haven’t given yourself permission to enjoy these days, I hope that you do. And I hope that you carry the joy of such a beautiful day into all of your insides and outsides. Because the best thing that we can be as human beings are full, contended and joyous. And clearly, the weather could change at any time. So there’s no time to lose.

Sometimes it is hard to tap into our spiritual selves or find time to nurture our creativity and intellectual curiosity. Here is a section that reflects on some nourishing materials from around the web and related media channels in order to get us thinking, get us feeling, and get us reflecting on the lives we are living in this big world. **Some Adult/Mature Themes May Appear in Links and Other Attached Material**

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Allan T. Georgia, MDiv, MTS, PhD