Just when I thought that I had everything planned perfectly, the day changed. The weather forecast was for snow. Well, I traveled from the North (NEPA) to DC thinking that I was leaving the weather behind me. Surprise – surprise, it followed me here.
The old me would have wanted to have everyone soldier through – to suck it up –to keep going no matter what. The new me says, “Yeah. Let’s take advantage of the day, the time, the location and the people.” And so that’s what I am doing.
As an early riser, I woke well before the alarm – a little after 5AM (which is in my mind 4AM, time just changed on the East coast in the US). In downtown DC, I normally hear trains and trucks, all the usual early morning wake up traffic. Instead, I woke to the sound of a winter mix of sleet, rain and snow. Really a refreshing sound – the sound of nature giving people the day off.
A call roused me from my enjoyment of nature to tell me the day was postponed and we would need to reschedule. “What a pleasant surprise,” I thought. “Now what?” Normally, I like to follow my plans, it makes life so much easier, so much safer. Then I realized that I could make this a special day to really visit DC. (Fortunately, I had planned for the weather (boots, scarf, gloves, coat- not my typical style). After a hotel breakfast, I venture out on foot.
There is slush, ice, and water everywhere. Almost no cars on the road. In spite of wet feet (okay, not totally prepared – my boots look great, just not very water proof), I trudge a few city blocks to the Metro. The people that I passed were wonderful. Dressed for the weather- they shoveled, swept and tossed salt on the sidewalks. Stopping respectfully for me to pass. Everyone has a wonderful smile and kind greeting. – Whomever says, “DC is not a friendly city,” might want to reconsider and visit in the midst of a storm.
Coffee shops were open and the welcoming attitudes continued to envelop me. In the lobby of the Constitution Building, an employee whom had been there since the previous evening welcomed me with a smile and showed me a warm and welcoming place to sit.
Moving on to the Metro, again I encountered warm, welcoming people. Despite delays, people were gracious and respectful with phones, seats and juggling bags – people would stop to allow someone enter the car ahead of them.
Quite a refreshing way to spend a morning in DC. Today, I am allowing my life to enhance my work, rather than allowing my work to control my life. Thank you Mother Nature for helping me to see the value of weather to help me improve my life and my work.
How about you? Are you willing to take the “weather” as it comes and allow yourself to go with the flow when you encounter the storms and delays? I’d love to hear from you.
Have an amazing day and enjoy the” weather.”