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Sunday, December 20, 2009

But where does the white go when the snow melts?

Indulge in beauty

Today might be a blessing in disguise. I woke up to the beautiful sound of silence, which could only have meant one thing-- snow was falling. Though I discover beauty and excitement, others associate snowfall with hard labor, sick children and cold, harsh days. Yes, to many this blizzard will be more of a hassle than a winter wonderland. As I focus on recovery, I decided to embrace the snowed-in day with inquisition and wonder. Curiosity prompted me to ask my sister what she thought when she looked out our living room window:

"I think of equality..." she tells me. "...because everything looks the same-- it's all blanketed in white." I was intrigued, and impressed, to say the least. The trees, cars, lawns and rooftops are all white, white as far as you can see. White blankets cover all that may be different to look the same. Consequently, I found this passage written by the brilliant William Faulkner:
"To live anywhere in the world today and be against equality because of race or color is like living in Alaska and being against snow."

Equality can only be found when there is peace among all, therefore the peace and serenity I perceived when I woke up may mean the inner peace I crave will arise today. So far, time has been well spent with my beautiful family. From poker games to shoveling snow in shifts to cookin up homemade pizzas & winter treats, peace has been on my side. In fact, the ease and comfort I felt all day allowed me to eat sans anxiety. Yes, the snow storm created a peaceful silence from my worries and anxieties. If only I could freeze that silence, preserving it for whenever the world gets too chaotic.

While snowed in I wanted to find ways to capture and express the beauty I felt in my heart

"As soon go kindle fire with snow, as seek to quench the fire of love with words"

Snowflakes are like kisses from heaven

"Before you love, learn to run through the snow leaving no footprint"

May your heart & soul find warmth, peace & comfort

"The future lies before you, like paths of pure white snow. Be careful how you tread it, for every step will show."

When it snows, you have two choices: shovel or make snow angels. Rather than associate snow with daunting, cold, wet messes, try to observe the beauty that can be found within the silence and the serenity that may be restored. Because you deserve inner peace, you are beautiful and a rock star.


  1. Such a poetic post! Love William Faulkner.

  2. beautiful post :) i agree a blanket of snow brings a sense of calm and equality.
    there must be a way to keep this sense around, just keep a little extra in your pocket so you can pull it out when times are rough. i think a snowflake charm my suffice...
    i hope you are feeling a little more comfortable, thinking of you :)
    (personal video is coming! - just have to figure out the best way to get it to you)

  3. This was just so beautiful.
    Although it's the complete opposite of Winder Wonderland in Australia, this gave me a feeling of warmth, happiness and serenity.
    I've always wanted to have that family bonding, with the snow perfectly white in the background, settling on window-sills and your front garden. The way you describe it makes me want it even more!

    Thank you, for that little piece of beauty.


  4. "You are beautiful and a rock start." I love that.All of your posts are so beautiful and inspirational, soo happy for you that you enjoyed your day with your family and found inner peace. Remember the feeling, savor it, and when something arises remember just how much more there is to life, BIG or small <3 <3

  5. beautiful post honey!

    it's totally opposite here in southern california but i hear ya...i hear ya. this made me smile.

  6. You are too beautiful . Too much beauty in your soul and heart. Your words touch me.
    Try to smile. Just knowing you are trudging thru this waist-knee snow helps me to try to trudge through also.

  7. Wonderful post!
    I love the snow, and this year I had major issues with it because I live on a hill and had major anxiety about getting in and out of my neighborhood.
    But its so beautiful. The world gets quiet and white and everyone seems to be smiling. We had snow last weekend, and even after crashing into the curb people would get out of their cars laughing. Its funny how it can cause so much chaos and happiness all at once.

  8. such a beautiful post. you are so amazing bec.
    love you so much. and i agree, i chose to embrace the snow this morning as well. yet my mother insisted on freaking out and screaming the whole day so it ruined the silent peace haha. oh well =/

    love you!

  9. silence is SO this-beautiful girl

  10. i WISH we could have a white christmas here in australia. looks absoloutely beautiful!!

  11. you've got so much beauty in this post :)

  12. I love the snow and can sit watching it for hours.


  13. Beautifully written. Love the gorgeous winter photos. Good for you for choosing to focus on the good during your snow day. So glad you were able to spend time with your family, too.

  14. lovely :) i love snow so much, and i think it's so important to see the beauty of it rather than focusing on the negative (as with everything else in life). have a great week!

  15. "If only I could freeze that silence." I used to be slightly scared of those moments when I could actually hear myself think in my head. Those moments when all my anxieties and the ed went silent. I dreaded them because I knew the silence would go away. These days, I love those moments. I love being alone in my head and being happy. And I love snow. I have always been one to stay outside just a little longer and enjoy the feeling of being chilled to the bone. My friends would run right in and I would stay outside. There is something miraculous about your breath hanging in the air and knowing that in a few minutes you can snuggle in a blanket and get nice and warm.
    Snow can either stress you out or make you slow down and smile. But its like any obstacle in life. You can panick, or you can enjoy the ride. It sounds like an easy choice, but that doesn't mean it is easy!
    Sorry for writing so much! You are amazing.

  16. what a beautiful post.. there is truly something about snow that can make me feel so at peace & optimistic. it seems like you are really thinking positively... :)