The skies were bright and sunny yesterday but we all knew that sunny sky would soon disappear. We are all wildly preparing for the storm that is to come. Well, some of us. I, for one, am already prepared. Yes, I woke up to reports of blizzard warnings. However, why are people so panicked? It is winter time, after all. If you need to get anything done, today would be the day to do it or so warn our local weathermen. If you ask me, that sounds a bit silly. If you need to get something done, why are you waiting for a blizzard to motivate you?
Now is the winter of our discontent
Made glorious summer by this son of York;
And all the clouds that low’r’d upon our house
In the deep bosom of the ocean buried.
Yes, a storm is coming and thankfully it is winter. Thus, it should be expected. We already have our warm coats and thick boots patiently waiting to be worn. In New York City, Mayor DeBlasio noted that we should not underestimate the storm. Indeed, is that not sound advice for any situation? We need to always get and keep our head in the game, whether it is a winter storm or a tenuous workplace situation. Be prepared, charge up and brace yourself against the blowback.
I recently went to Germany for Christmas vacation. many people wondered why I would go somewhere cold for vacation. Why not? It was winter time here as well in New York and thus I was prepared.
I got to see ponies in the Christmas markets and up above on the glorious Brandenburg Gate.
I got to eat schnitzel and apple strudel.
I got to see a beautifully haunting memorial by the pale light of the moon and watch kids having a ball sliding down the snow slide in Postdam Platz.
The mind, the spirit and one’s creativity cannot and should not be limited because it is dark and cold outside. Indeed a storm is coming, but take it head on. Ring the bells that will get you motivated
…and have a beer
As you can see, by not limiting myself I got to experience a little bit of the Sound of Music in the midst of winter in Berlin:
“Cream colored ponies and crisp apple strudels
Doorbells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles
Wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings
These are a few of my favorite things.”