Take Your Snow Day
Today it is snowing, rather considerably. It seems a perfect day to watch the flakes fall and the white dust blow about. A great day to go nowhere.
I don’t know why I would want to go anywhere, besides maybe under human power, today. Or on any snow day. You should just take your snow days. They are yours. All Summer there are places to go, in Spring projects to complete, in Fall chores to check off. Now it is Winter, and today is a snow day. Stay right here. You’ll like it. So far you’ve loved today – you walked on to the porch in the black of the morning, scooped up a handful of snow, giggled while forming a snowball to throw into the nothingness. You saw the light turn to gray and then to white. You brewed coffee, baked a loaf of Challah, exercised, cleaned, researched poultry sales and production regulations, backed up a hard drive, prepped for hog butchering day, brewed a second coffee, read a book. That’s a nice morning!
Today you have luxuriated and taken advantage of the opportunity provided by the combination an open calendar and falling snow. Consider making an effort to do this every snow day, even if there was something on the calendar. Cancel it. Reschedule it. The world will necessarily need to slow down. That is probably okay. Are the the things really that important? So important that you should scrape the ice off of your windshield, grab the wheel tight, slide around on slippy slush-covered and iced-over roads going 50 mph in a 5,000 pound box of steel and glass? There are probably 340 or 350 non-snow days per year. I think that is an adequate number of days to get done what needs to be done away from home.
But I need to go to work! I need to go to Walmart for pringles and popcorn! I need to drive to dance lessons! I need to go to yoga class! But I have a brunch date! Widgets need to be produced, spreadsheets filled, consumables consumed, activities attended! Walmart, BP and Kroger sales will lag! The project will fall behind schedule! The pace of innovation will be restricted! Economic development will decelerate! Sales Targets! Incentive Pay! The Supply Chain! GDP! Oh no. When you say it like that, I guess you should probably grab the keys and hit the road