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Notes from Steve

February 22, 2021

I was going for a “coachy” message today.  But I don’t want to.  February for me is hard.  Cold weather for me is hard.  I’m not my best self in this dreadful little month and that’s all right.  

My nephew is in Austin, TX this week on vacation.  I would think it would be like New Orleans after Katrina - not as bad, but Texas after the polar vortex isn’t probably the best place to vacation right now.  A lot of people went without electricity and heat and … so it’ll be interesting to see if he is going to have a good time or not.  A couple of years ago I took the nephews and niece skiing in Steamboat Springs, CO.  It happened to be about 30 below zero the whole time.  We skied anyway because this was our vacation and I paid a truckload of money for it, and darn it - we were going to have a good time.  It was wicked cold.  It was so cold that when we were in the outside hot tub and holding our beers over our heads - they turned to slush.  Truth.  (The trip was memorable and we laughed a lot so it was good in retrospect; just very cold.)

I think making the best of any situation, good/bad/whatever, is a good trait to have.  I just ordered this book called “Loving What Is” by Bryon Katie.  I think the book is about changing your perception to positive even when all signs point to negative.  

Perhaps after reading the book I will be able to look at February differently.  What if in 2022 (I fully plan on hating this month for another week in 2021) I get excited about February?  The lack of warmth and abundance of snow will fill me with gratitude and joy.  And the reason why is I will use a great deal of my PTO on a beach somewhere else.  I can love February in the Caribbean.   

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