10 days of thanksgiving: cooler weatherChristine Kang
We’re celebrating 10 days of Thanksgiving: for 10 days, I’m sharing journaling prompts for reflections in gratitude. These prompts can be used to add thoughts to your journal, or get out and use your camera (or camera phone) to capture, or sketch or draw, or even simply spend some quiet time with a cuppa just meditating. My hope is that by the end of this time, we’ll all have created a body of work which reflects the bounty that we’ve discovered we have in our lives. Are you with me?
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I’m going to admit right now that I am no good when it comes to cold weather. I’m from Trinidad & Tobago, a country that is just about 10 degrees above the equator, and it shows: the temperature drops much below 70 degrees, and I’m grabbing a cardigan. When I lived in London for a couple of years, I never got warm, not even in the summertime. I am a tropical girl through-and-through.
But there’s just something about the weather getting cooler, don’t you think? Even though I might shiver, I love the sort of “harbinger of joy” that a nip in the air brings. Cooler weather means celebration times are ahead. It also means fireplaces and big thick blankets and warm, cozy sweaters. It means layers and scarves and flushed cheeks and warm snuggles.
And even though come February, we might be sick and tired of the cold weather, right now, it’s still fresh and new. And it’s something that I’m very grateful for.
Day 3 prompt: Today, in your journals, write down all the things you love about cold weather (or, for my Antipodean friends, feel free to make notes about the approaching warm weather!). I know this might be a stretch, but make a note of all the fun things you tend to do when the temperature drops — the delicious foods you tend to eat when it’s cold, or the clothes you enjoy wearing, or the snowball fights, or the snowsports. Consider the good times that are coming that the weather is telling you aren’t too far away.
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