Do you listen to the weather?

by Julie Gibbons on March 10, 2010

Christmas Morning Snow

Weather folklore was long ago used by those toiling in the land, and on the seas to predict their fortunes ahead. If you’re a fisherman or farmer, you sure do want to have an idea about what you face the next morning. Can this folklore bear any relevance to a suburban, technologist family in the 21st Century?

Just recently, I came to understand that the weather was sending me some messages – messages that I needed to take heed of. Here’s what I mean…

A bitter cold winter, shrouded in white. The excitement of pre Christmas snow. The magic of snowflakes and icicles. The ensuing hush. And very soon, it’s interrupted by the inevitable ‘commuters in trouble’ news reports bemoaning loss of productivity…

What did this winter’s weather mean to you? For me, I was thrilled about the snow. We cancelled most of our seasonal activities, and we stripped things back to basics. We shopped very locally, on foot and in shops we’d forgotten about. We bought only what we could carry. We didn’t participate in the usual seasonal shopping madness. It meant we made lots of changes, and things didn’t go to plan.

But you know what? We had so much fun. We stopped to speak to villagers and townsfolk we hadn’t met in years, whilst enjoying snowflakes melting on our tongue. We trudged in snow up to our knees with huge smiles and cries of “Merry Christmas” like extras from the Disney version of a Dickens novel. We had time for long walks in the snow – even on Christmas morning, when I’d normally be clutching a kitchen timetable close to my chest!

And we took it slowly. We calmed everything down to the pace befitting the season.  We retreated a little from the world, taking time for some much needed nurturing and healing. We were good to ourselves.

For the first time in many years, our winter holidays were spent the way we wanted. I have the snow to be grateful to, there’s no doubt.

Since the big snowfall, we’ve had lots more of it. And lots of sunshine and blue skies and bitter temperatures. And as with most of the world, our pace has increased again, and we find ourselves running to catch up! But all this snow brought me something hugely valuable. A lesson to listen more to nature. And especially to the weather.

Just last week, I was ruminating on the change of weather, and decided to listen to the message it brought:

shake it up tweet

I had no idea that morning when I sent the tweet that anything big was going to happen. But later that day I suddenly decided that I’d had enough of what I was doing, how I was doing it, and for whom. Things just had to change. And so I spoke the words out loud, “I need to quit now”!

In all honesty, it was a decision that’s been a long time coming, and didn’t quite leap out of mid-air. However, I absolutely have no doubt that the weather shook the actual announcements out of me! I’d had no plans to make everything so definite.

So, things are changing. We’ve already taken a few steps. Work isn’t going to dominate our lives any more. That wasn’t fun. And it was stopping us from really making the most of our freedom. And you know what ultimate success means to me?  It means freedom. So here I am on a master plan to achieve freedom. It’s not a loose lifestyle any more.  It won’t be sitting in the background ready to be picked up when I’m ready to take it on a journey. I’m ready to integrate with freedom every minute of every day.

Fancy a change? The weather just might be your surprise passport to a new life ;-)

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Becky Cortino March 10, 2010 at 11:32 pm

Great insight Julie — beautiful thoughts! Exciting!
Thanks for giving us all something to think about, causing all to consider things in a different way :) Looking forward to hearing of your new vistas and horizons…


Julie Gibbons March 11, 2010 at 10:38 am

Lovely to hear from you Becky! Thanks for your comment – you know, you will hear all about it. In words and pictures and movies this time round :)


m0ok March 16, 2010 at 7:38 pm

We’ve started our own wee blog to chronicle our organic adventures here:

Hope you don’t mind us nicking your ‘k’ ;)



Julie Gibbons April 9, 2010 at 8:42 am

mOok, I forgot to say congrats on the new blog – I love that you adopted the ‘k’. I think we may be creating a movement here….


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