Lessons from a Snowy Season

snowy road

By Tiffany A. Dedeaux

For some reason I always saw last week’s snowfall as beautiful and there was never a doubt that I would get to where I was going in terms of my commitments.  What I did come to realize as a result of this experience is:

  • Always try no matter how impossible it seems.  Twice now I’ve attempted to keep my appointments despite a snowy commute and both times I made it; once when no one else could.  You won’t know what you’re capable of if you don’t at least try.
  • Heavy loads show you where you are strong.  Some trees seem to bounce back after the snow melts while others break and lose ground.  Resiliency is the ability to bend rather than break.
  • Layer up.  By dressing for your situation rather than just how you want to dress you can avoid being uncomfortable.  Your wardrobe is not only an investment in how you look but also how you feel and can be revealing.
  • Don’t fight the slide.  At one point I stepped onto my road under a brilliant sun…and slid several feet.  I believe I did not fall on my rump because I didn’t try to walk on the ice that carried me.  Instead I angled myself toward the side of the road where the snow was piled and slid into it so I could walk.  Look ahead to see where you’re aiming and let the momentum take you there.

What have you learned from the season you’re in?

About Tiffany A. Dedeaux

Tiffany is an ICF Career Coach and a cross-pollinator of ideas with a background in broadcast journalism, social and ecopsychology, and coaching. Tiffany’s nearly two decades of experience has helped her to identify the power of story in connecting us to each other as well as to our environment. A believer in the power of reflection, practical application, and celebrating victories, Tiffany understands that the more we all live our dream, the more we can model it for future generations.
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