This has been one heck of a winter.
Snow, snow, snow – like we have not seen in years!
We dig ourselves out from one big snow when along comes another.
This week we are due a warming trend, and so the mountains of snow have started to melt.
We are starting to see patches of grass and sidewalk that have remained hidden for quite some time.
I peered out my front window this morning and noticed a stubborn border of snow around the edges of our driveway and sidewalk.
As we shoveled and dug ourselves out over and over, we also created mountains of snow and ice.
Other snow may start to melt, but these piles we have created are not as quick to go.
If you live in a region that experiences snow, you know what I am talking about!
The kind of mountains of snow and ice that claim large sections of parking lots days and weeks after the snow has disappeared elsewhere.
As I gazed out my window, sipping my coffee and planning my day, it occurred to me that versions of these piles of snow and ice can build up in our lives in other ways, too.
As we dig ourselves out of challenges and problems, we often build up piles of discouragement, resentment, and other negative feelings.
Leftover laments and residual resentments line our thoughts as surely as those piles of snow and ice line our driveways and sidewalks.
Even after we have moved past the challenge or problem, these piles of negativity don’t disappear overnight.
They often take time to resolve.
Like these piles of snow and ice, they often stick around a while, as pesky reminders of our problems.
In the case of the actual snow and ice, those piles will naturally disappear – eventually.
The sun will do its thing.
Our own piles of negativity can be more persistent.
Just as with the snow and ice, a sunny day can help.
A sunny disposition, though, is more likely to lead to a cure.