Sitting near a window, I’m watching snowflakes gently cascade down to the ground below. Translucent, white diamonds from the sky, clinging to the window panes, hoping to survive a minute more, before they melt away, like a single tear disappears into a warm cheek.

Not my rosy cheeks, no, not tonight. Though, it’s never been above or beyond me to become agitated and cry at the sight of tall, unscalable mountains of powder-white snow.

Instead of becoming weighted down with worry about tomorrow’s slushy and slow commute, I am choosing to think about  a much more warm and relaxing truth. Only a few months from now I will be sitting at this same window watching an entirely different, yet still physically-arresting phenomenon. I will witness a spectacular show of what happens when heat, color and power mix together to create an equally transfixing experience.


Firework displays don’t make me cry, but I can feel some nervous energy over the booms and bangs that wake the night’s sky. Even though Explosions of color and fire can sometimes give me anxiety, fireworks are  beautiful, captivating masterpieces.

Anxiety and nerves aren’t always a negative experience. In fact, most  natural or man-made circumstances that may cause us to feel slightly or severely unnerved are independent from us.

That means, the nerve-inducing, everyday nuisances like backed-up traffic from plowable snow, noisy or nosey neighbors, a work meeting gone sideways or a burnt dinner in the oven – these are circumstances happening around us, not to us, and these agitations we feel are not unique to anyone.

The red-hot explosion of nervous energy throughout our bodies , probably more colorful than a spray of fireworks across the sky, is an often jarring but also awakening side affect of being human.

Another perk of being human is the power of  independent thought.  No matter what comes at us – piles and piles of packed snow and ice-lined streets or one after the other bang-boom of surprise fireworks – we can choose not to be controlled by circumstances and instead control our reactions to our experiences.

We can either curse the snow or celebrate the fireworks.

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