Earlier today, I was on a video conference with some co-workers and friends. The weather came up, as it often does when people aren’t in the same geographic region. I started complaining about the cold again. I explained that those of us in Southeast Texas have the right to complain about the cold, especially in March, because it should be in the 70s (at least) this time of year. And it’s in the 30s and 40s. We chose this climate for a reason, this was not the reason!
Somehow it came up again that the palm trees actually froze over on the island this year. One of my co-workers, my friend, kind of glazed over. I thought she was in shock about the deep freeze. Nope. She exclaimed, “You have PALM TREES in Texas?”. Of course we do, and even though they are trimmed back in the winter, they’re still beautiful to me. They inspire me. They just seem so strong and ever changing. To me, that’s a good thing.
Even though it wasn’t a beautiful sunny day today, I decided to share this with you. This STRONG palm stands outside of my back door. I watch it flow and change with the wind and with the seasons. It calms me when I’m frustrated, angry, or just feel a little burdened. I needed that conversation about weather today.
My initial whining about the weather turned into my admiration for my surroundings again. I love this place. I love my life. I’m thankful for the daily reminders.