12.09.2014

THE END OF NORMAL

Rain streaming down windows on this soggy winter day. It strikes me, suddenly, as I think about what the weather's been like during a year that is shaping up to be the hottest in recorded history: Forget that talk about "the new normal". We are at the end of normal. Our warmer skies here in the East hold more moisture. All our weather systems are becoming unpredictable.

But not to sound depressed: I'm grateful to have a beautiful place to stay dry--and to be able to make the choice to go out and get soaked. A large part of our adaptation to the climate change we are in will be psychological: how do we keep our spirits buoyed? For me, the answer lies somewhere in finding beauty all around me, honoring it, and using it as the fuel that keeps me fighting to solve this problem.


16 comments:

Judith said...

This is just what I have been thinking about — but your words buoy my spirits as well. There is still such beauty all around us. I just came in from walking the dog through the icy rain -- in woods where Thoreau once walked. Once inside, I noticed that our smoke tree outside my office window has the most delicate, icy puffs of "smoke." Of course, I took a picture.

LindaR said...

A room with a view, is this your New York Apartment? The blossoms give one hope, beauty is a salve for sure. I'm looking out my window at the icy rain sleet, but I also see the birds and squirrels who keep the faith that all will be well, all will be fed. More please, your words and pictures are appreciated.

Terra Brockman said...

Beauty buoys me as well. As do your heartfelt words.

ArtbyKarena said...

Dear Dominique it is indeed the time of year, more than ever to be grateful for the life we do have here on earth, not perfect by any means, however so cherished.
xoxo
Karena
The Arts by Karena

sarah finnie robinson said...

thumbs up

Jessie said...

In September I made a vow to walk everyday. Today I hit the 100th consecutive day. Sometimes the weather tests my resolve and I am not sure what I will do in the case of heavy snow. It buoys my spirits to get outside into the fresh air and use my body, to notice the rain drops clinging to a branch, to see a flash of red as a cardinal flits to a branch, to listen to the trickle of water in the creek on a rainy day, to watch the ever changing skies, to feel the cold on my cheek, to sit for a few meditative moments by the lake, to drop a pebble into the water to see the rippling circles, to watch a hopeful fisherman, to watch the changing landscape as fall turns to winter and then into spring and summer...

Leslie in Oregon said...

Exactly...and thank you.

Jill said...

Perfect. I'm happy as long as I can see a tree.
jd

Joan McKniff said...

I love this idea. I have some serious health issues and usually walking is talked about in terms of time, distance, even steps, all of which sound and are often impossible. But everyday: I can try that feeling that there is a great chance I'll do it. Jessie, thank you so much.

parkcityt said...

I live in a mountain town at 7,000 feet. Today I walked for several miles through thick mud (all that's left of our November snow) and 60 degree sunshine. It seems as though winter is over before it has even begun. Despite the fact that I hate the cold, I'm left feeling conflicted in its absence.

William said...

A little thing we can all do to help with this global environmental mess, if it says "Made In China', don't buy it!


As an aside, I love winter days. Gloomy and otherwise, but especially gloomy.


A little quote from Hemingway's 'A Moveable Feast', 'The trees were sculpture without their leaves when you were reconciled to them, and the winter winds blew across the surfaces of the ponds and the fountains blew in the bright light'.

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