Winter Blues

Photo by Brian Awde

Photo by Brian Awde 

Have you been complaining about the weather?  If you live in Canada and it’s winter, complaining about the weather is right up there with hockey on the list of national pastimes.  It’s almost as natural as breathing in the great white north.  On occasion I’m guilty of complaining about the weather too but my grublings are usually reserved for the sweltering, humid days of summer.  A slide into a ditch in winter or many days without sunshine might bring on some grumbling from me about winter but usually I’m OK with it and I think it’s about time the complaining stopped.

Strange thing for a good Canadian girl to say but frankly I’m tired of hearing about it.  The groundhog is liar and has the good sense to go back to bed until spring shows up no matter when it comes.  Look around at the beauty of winter.  It has been spectacular this year.

This cold snap we have been experiencing is quite unusual but science and the aboriginal grandmothers are saying it is a good thing.  I agree.  Nature is at work restoring itself and trying to regain the balance which we so easily tamper with.  This long cold might actually be a very good thing.  I’m not a scientist but I know many diseases and other foul things of the earth cannot survive this cold.  Animals and vegetation which are not native to the area may not make it through this winter and there will be some restoration of the natural balance.  The cold in the lakes may be very healthy for them too.

For the farmers who tender fruit crops are at risk, I am sorry.

That picture of the wing print in the snow (above) is proof of nature’s balancing act at work.  Only the strong will survive this.

This brings me to another reason those of us with warm homes and extra sweaters should not be complaining.  On our streets this winter, people are dying because of the cold.  If anyone has a right to complain about the weather it is them.  In a country where we have so much, politicians allow people to suffer in the cold,while they make policies in their warm towers.

I really think it’s time for the focus of our complaints to shift toward those who are able to make changes which will keep people warm and fed.  I’m not talking about more shelters and soup kitchens.  What we need is a political will which genuinely cares for the people.

So if you are complaining…STOP IT! …or move to Florida full time.

If you want to do something constructive about the cold go and work at a soup kitchen or give money to a street ministry which helps those on the street.

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About Peggy Guiler

You just never know what show up on my blog. As the name implies it is about the stuff of life just like Spilt Milk. Everyday events spark thought and contemplation. Special events in the community, the country or the world may strike a cord and get me talking. Sometimes it's about people in my life or circumstances, sometimes about my garden, sometimes about a book or a political issue. Always it's about something I am passionate about. In my business, River of Hope Enterprises, I work as an "Associate Certified Coach" (International Coach Federation), a trainer, consultant and speaker. and soon to be, spiritual director. I also drive a school bus to keep the wolf from the door while I build my business. I love the kids on the bus (most of the time). My family is grown and I have three grandkids who thrill my heart but I don't get to see any of them very often. Circumstances of life have made "family" difficult. My son died by suicide at age 16 in 2000 and the strain on our family relationships since has been huge. Mental health is a field where I worked for almost 20 years and where I still do some consulting and training. That combined with my own battle with depression and my son's death weave together to form some of my greatest soap box items: suicide intervention, suicide bereavement and peer support in mental health are right on the top of my list. Social justice is an underlying passion. Keeping the wolf from the door as a single parent was full-time work and my career path as a journalists was augmented with cleaning contracts, cooking, retail clerk, and bartending. I have known hard work and am grateful for the experience and perspective it has given me. My own passion for learning has now taken me toward a new field as a Spiritual Director. I am studying with the Ontario Jubilee Program. This new field I believe puts all my talents with people into one place which and may​ become something I can continue into retirement. Supporting people is what I do best. Woven into all of this is my love of writing. Trained as a Journalist, and having worked in the field as a freelance news writer for many years, I have a great love for writing. This blog is a new beginning for me. As I hone my skills and begin to form a daily discipline of writing I hope it will lead to more writing in the future.
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