This winter hasn’t been very wintery around here. This morning I sat in a coffee shop and watched flurries come down as I sipped my tea, but last week I was going around with just a cardigan on.
It has been an odd season and I am more than ready for spring to be here. Winter causes me to be secluded and more antisocial than I already prefer to be, so I am anticipating the softness of springtime and the warmth of sunshine. While I am locking forward to the spring, I am a little surprised at what I have learned during this season of seclusion. Here are a few things I found interesting that I hope will interest you as well.
Top 10 Things I’ve Learned
1. Perhaps it sounds silly since I already knew it, but this winter I learned again that although I am different and undiagnosed and others do not understand me, I am not alone. I had the opportunity to talk with the lovely Nicole O’Meara about life with an undiagnosed chronic illness (and be the first of her series of video chats about life with chronic illness!). The video of that chat can be found here.
2. When I was younger, I spent hours a day attached to a nebulizer for asthma treatments. I learned to love puzzles since it gave me something to do before I could read since the machine was too noisy to be able to watch TV. That love for puzzles has stayed with me as I have gotten older. Come to find out, spending all those hours doing puzzles when I was a kid may be why my brain is the way it is.
3. You can buy face masks to help keep from getting sick that are actually cute. This has been a big thing for me since I am not to be around people who don’t have the flu shot or who are sick, since everyone seems to be sick this year. (The flu has been going around here like crazy!) This mask makes it possible for me to still socialize some without quite as much fear of getting sick!
4. Just because you know something does not mean everyone does. I got a phone call from the pastor I work for because he couldn’t get the printer to work. It had run out of paper, he replaced it, and it still wasn’t working. After doing what I could to troubleshoot it over the phone, I told him to leave it until I came in. This is what I found when I came in:
5. There’s nothing quite like making a physical list or writing down notes to remember them. I’ve always found I remember things better if I write then with a pen and paper, and this explains why. Writing things down physically helps us remember them, especially when it comes to making goals! If you want to achieve a goal, write it down.
6. I don’t know my own strength, apparently. I opened the pantry door and when I went to close it again, it looked like this:
Thankfully Andrew was home that day and was able to fix it, otherwise a lot of cold air would have been left in that day.
7. I’ve learned I get a lot more knitting and reading done when I am more intentional about it. I managed to read six books in the month of January, which is the most I have read in a while. It might help that I’ve been purposefully antisocial (again, germs) but it has been really refreshing. By not wasting time on my phone as much, the extra time I have to read or knit is so much more than I had anticipated!
8. I like quizzes, but mostly quizzes that tell me something real about myself. I don’t really care which princess I am most like, but my personality type? My enneagram number? Love Language? Yes, I want to know that! They are helpful to figure out why I am the way I am and how I can relate to people better. This was a new one for me, though. Apparently there are different ways we feel close to God. I wasn’t surprised to see my top was “naturalist” since I love spending time in the woods. My favorite Sundays are the ones we spend at a state park worshiping together. My second highest was “intellectual”, which also makes sense because I love learning more and digging deeper, finding the different connections God so intricately placed throughout everything. I also happen to possibly be an enneagram 5, so it really makes sense this was one of my tops. “Contemplative”, “enthusiast”, and “ascetic” all tied for my third. I’d love to see what yours are if you have time to take the test. Comment your results below!
9. Just because I’m technically an adult does not mean I have to act like one. For Valentine’s day, I told Andrew I wanted to build a blanket fort. So we did. And then we cuddled and watched movies.
10. Brokenness is not a bad thing. We can be broken and the most whole we have ever been at the same time. Brokenness can also be connectedness, because we connect best with others who are broken too. Jesus was broken for us when He took our place on the cross, and we are called to daily die to ourselves so we can follow Him. Brokenness can be beautiful because brokenness can let the light in.
Thanks for reading! I hope you have learned, grown, and rested during these dark winter months. I don’t know about you, but I am ready for spring to be here!