How many times today will you hear, “Man, It’s Cold!”? Don’t start counting. Your abacus will not count that high. I can guarantee it’ll be said with a growl by most.
At 5 am, I was standing outside on the porch. Yep, that’s right, I, a reasonably intelligent man, chose to stand outside at 5 am. Why? Simple answer – I love the clean of the morning.
There is no one moving on the streets. There is no noise, but the sound of paws crackling the crusty snow. Christmas lights cast a festive glow onto the darkness. It is just clean. The day has not been contaminated by the hustle of life. No worries have crept into my mind. Life is fresh and invigorating.
“Man, It’s Cold!” (That’s two, if you are counting; but there was no growl.)
The only thing in my senses was the smell of my coffee and the movement of my dogs at my feet. They didn’t care if it was cold. They were just as happy to be me with me, as they would have been if it was sunny and warm. However, even, they said “Man, It’s Cold!” (That’s three, but who is counting.)
As I stood there in silence, I breathed in nothing, but clean. It filled my lungs and made me come alive. It made me pause to reflect on a new day, a new gift from God, a new opportunity to LivExceptionally. In the bitter cold I found a warmth of anticipation and appreciation. Yes, I’m crazy, but it’s a good kind of crazy.
I’m not going to be overjoyed with -15 degree wind-chill temperature when I’m in the barn in a couple of hours, but I’ll be content. In the barn, life is still clean and simple. Sounds are few, but it is a symphony of nature played by God’s creatures.
Yes, I know – Man, It’s Cold! (#4) – but the only reason I know it’s cold is because I know what it is like to be warm. The cold on my face was a reminder of all I have been given. It was a mental note to never take it for granted.
When you step outside in the cold this morning don’t forget to breathe in life. It’s there to be taken in and acknowledged as what it is – a gift. Let life fill you up. Soak up the clean.
One more thing – Man, It’s Cold!