This has been a long two weeks here at NUHS. Old Man Winter has
taken hold and doesn't seem to want to let any warm air at all in
Chicagoland. This is not the normal state of things here -- the
'Minnesota Chill' invading from the North. Even the lifelong
Illinois residents are shocked at the low temps plus the extended
time that they have been a visitor to the shores of Northern
After a few trips to jumpstart friends' vehicles, make a couple
of runs to the auto parts store to help them purchase and install
new batteries for their cars, then a quick stop at the grocery
store (just to be sure I have the necessities, as any good
Southerner in the face of winter would do), I settled down by my
window to write this week's blog.
I intended to write on a different subject this week; that topic
will be saved for later. This week is all about beauty. I write
about this because the cold weather, dark clouds, winds and
sequestration required in the house due to subzero temperatures can
make one a bit stir crazy. Sure, I have my studies, books,
exercises, and some cooking to keep me busy, but that doesn't
compare to the feeling a drawing in a long deep breath, even if it
freezes and solidifies my epiglottis!
So, as I started writing this entry, I glanced out of my window
and saw the sun...and crystal clear blue skies that reminded me of
the community swimming pool and the first day it opens! So
crisp, no jet contrails, the sun with an aura of warmth that
doesn't quite reach yet feels wonderful through a protective pane
That sun was beautiful, the sky was gorgeous and with those two
prompts these past few days have seen an explosion of beauty all
around me. From a realization that only a few more weeks of winter
are left to counting down the days to graduation and seeing beauty
grow in my colleagues around me, with me and beyond all of us.
If you want my advice, (and I understand if you don't) take in
the beauty around you. Even if that beauty is the tiniest thing, it
can jumpstart a progression, a cascade, or avalanche might be more
appropriate at this time of year, of beauty extending from you, to
you and within you.
Back to clinic, Lyme disease and musculoskeletal rehabilitation
today. All beautiful in their healing design and effectiveness!