Square Peg ● Round Hole







So the area I live in is currently preparing for a large winter storm.  Keep in mind, the panic already resides within the majority of our community since we had three inches fall yesterday.   With that, our reasonably competent city becomes an incompetent mess when dealing with any snow amount.    It will show my age when I share that when I see the word “warning” with any weather forecast, all I can see if the robot from Lost in Space screaming, “Warning Will Robinson.”  Yeah, that’s annoying.

So, dealing with weather scenarios in the winter is complicated.  Some people thrive on it while others want to pack and leave the area.  I am the middle ground individual……loving it for the first day or so, then losing my shit at being shut up in this house with the family.  Love them, but let’s be real, it is a lot of manliness.    This morning, our second snow day of the season, I woke up with a different strategy.     My thinking was how to make the most of my day without any obligations.  Oh sure, it is easy when the weather is cooperative, but with my knee still healing, I am wary of venturing out to untreated areas of our fair city.

My game plan was simple, I would workout first.   Those that know me realize that I must be in dire straits to add that to my game plan, but I wanted some good feeling endorphins circulating.  Plus, as my doctor pointed out, this will be good for my knee. So, for thirty minutes I combined the treadmill and some weight training…. all from the comfort of my home.  I felt exhilarated which proved to me that exercise is necessary for my mental outlook.    Then, I listed all the things that I would like to get done, but am always too busy to complete.  Doesn’t sound very exciting, but for me, when I keep moving, the heaviness of confinement is eased.

Life is a combination of steps that move us on our journey.    Sometimes is it a matter of tweaking our outlook to help us navigate situations that are out of our control.    At this moment, the weather isn’t my focus, but rather whether or not I am going to turn my impromptu confinement into something positive, useful and productive.