January is the month when time slows down. Today is the big blizzard, Snowmageddon, they are calling it, and while it hasn’t quite reached Biblical proportions, it has reminded us that the weather is in charge. Typically in January, there are stretches of hours and even days when there is nothing on the calendar. No meetings, classes, parties, deadlines, appointments or trips. I’m speaking about January in Maine here. It might be quite different in Florida or California or certainly in Australia, but here in Maine where the days are short, the nights long and the temperatures low, time congeals. It’s not a bad thing. Here is a list of why it’s OK.
1. Time to clean. I mean, really clean. Here you see before and after pictures of a studio clean-up. Actually they are more of a during and after studio clean-up but the change was just as dramatic.
2. Time to meet friends for coffee during the day.
3. Time to cook and explore new recipes and ingredients. We joined a mushroom CSA and I’m reading all I can about what the heck to do with these gorgeous things called Grey Dove and Snow Oysters.
4. Another chance to honor all of those resolutions, the things you know you should be doing. Somehow a resolution in July doesn’t have the same force. Going to the gym in January takes serious commitment while walking on the beach in July does not. One can feel more virtuous while exercising in January.
5. Time in the studio. When all of the other aspects of life shrink away, there is time to do what we should be doing all along.
I’m afraid that this post has a bit of the “what I had for breakfast” quality about it and I apologize for that. But the January slowdown has affected pretty much everything, including the part of the brain that reaches outward in communication.
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