For those of us living in the upper part of the northern hemisphere, winter is on the way. Of course it is. This happens every year around this time. The reason I'm mentioning this tidbit of a fact is because I also recognize a pattern of human whining starting (at least in the North American part) with the onset of the cold and dark and "holiday" season approaching. Yup, even a goodwill-intended festivity or two creates a mixed bag of complaints. And whining and complaining doesn't look good on anyone. So before you get a bad case of the crankies and take it out on an innocent Starbucks coffee cup (Google it if you really haven't come across this nonsense yet), I'm going to share an article about how Norwegians enjoy winter. The link is here and - surprise, surprise - the answer doesn't require a ticket to a tropical climate. Actually, in my opinion, it sounds much better.
This morning I went out with my camera while it was cold, and crunchy, and I had to wear a toque and my fingers started to freeze while shooting. But none of that is a complaint. After 43 years of living around this latitude - where I am blessed to experience four seasons - there is absolutely nothing to whine about. Because look what I saw. You can't tell me it isn't somewhat beautiful and amazing.
We all find ourselves lined up at the complaint department from time to time. Winter seems to be exceptionally busy there, but I'm not wasting my time in line anymore... and I dare you to join me. If you are reading this blog you most likely have heat, and a warm coat, and a few dollars to spend at a coffee shop. So there really is no room for complaining. Go ahead and find your sense of koselig (read the article!) and work on seeing the light in the early darkness. Embrace fleece and flannel and fire light. And by all means, bring on the hot chocolate!