Today I am reminded of what it is like to live in a part of the world where we have four very distinct seasons. On days like today it feels more like we have 8 or 9 seasons with today being the first day of “polar” season. The temp today is in the single digits and the wind chills are in the obscene below zero area! I am told that there is a reason for each season. Although with some seasons it is easier to discern their purpose. For instance spring is a time of planting and of the earth reawakening from its winter slumber and rest. Summer is a time of rain and sun and being outside and growth. Autumn reminds us that spring and summer lead to harvest. Even winter reminds us that rest is important and hibernation has restorative purposes. There are several positives in relation to the changing seasons. By the changing seasons we are reminded of the value of variety. We all look forward to vacations and holidays, because they offer a different schedule as in no to little schedule. For a few days it is like a tonic, and then there comes a tipping point where what we really long for is the routine. We need both routine and leisure. Both have value and help us in this thing called life. What can we learn on a below zero day? Today I am reminded how much I should savor beautiful sunny days and do all within my power to be outside and enjoy the great outdoors. I have heard that cold days like this kills off germs and that is certainly a positive. On a day like today you do all you can to stay in and enjoy the warmth of being home. When experiencing a day like today I am reminded of the fact that many do not have a home. To be warm and safe is a never ending full time job for many in our world. What I am thinking about now is more than just a I have it better than many, kind of an attitude. But rather a desire that will drive me to positive action. What can I do today to help someone who is suffering and what do I possess that I can pass on to someone else. The seasons remind us that we are all tied together. No one has every day just exactly the way they like. Each day is to be grasped not for what it does for me, rather for what I can I do today to make a difference in my world. As seasons come and go, I am reminded that I have only a certain amount of days, and I am not in possession of the number, therefore I must live each and every day on purpose! God bless you and help us to number our days!