It was freezing today. Cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey. My fingers felt as though they had frostbite and nothing I did could warm me up.
Not surprising given I was defrosting my freezer.
It’s a chore I’ve been putting off. One of those jobs that looks you in the eye, every time you open the door, but close it again, quickly, hoping the freezer fairies will take care of it for you.
Alas, the only fairy in my household is yours truly. Still, it’s amazing what a bit of time, effort and a magic wand (aka ice scraper) can achieve. Today was the day.
It’s easy to let the cold seep into out bones. To feel like nothing can warm us up when all around us are glaciers. And I’m not just talking about the refrigerated sort.
In a world of uncertainty and a future that I openly admit I’m scared of for my kids, I cling to optimism and hope. And a sense that whatever happens we will be okay.
Keeping it simple seems to be key.
Freezer mission complete, it was time to head outside and warm up. And there was Harry. Now he definitely has the right idea.
It’s not that I want to be oblivious to what’s happening in the world but I can choose how to react. I can choose to be hopeful and optimistic and look for the positives.
I can continue to look up and find beauty and joy in simple things.
Like this guy in the tree out the front of my place.
I can choose to relax and believe that everything will be okay.
Like Harry, the guru of relaxation.
And Lamby, who continues to munch on everything she can reach, teaching me the world may change but what matters is our perspective, keeping things simple, staying in the moment, doing the best we can in our own patch and appreciating what we have.
So I remain hopeful.
May we all be grateful for everything around us, the highs and the lows, the cold and the warm, the exciting and the mundane.
As I settle into Thursday night here in Melbourne I’m reminded that, just like my newly cleaned and defrosted fridge, what really matters is what’s inside.
So let’s make sure it’s stocked full of good stuff. Let’s stay cool, try and keep our thoughts peaceful and remain positive.
We only get one shot at this life. So let’s keep it simple … and beautiful.