Ask an Author – January 2023 – Using the Snow to Spark and Stimulate

An upward view from beneath the bough of a snow-covered pine tree, looking up at the sky as a flurry of snowflakes come down.No, I am not joking and this is a very favourite strategy of mine during the winter. Yes, I often use snow to help me get through a typical dreary winter’s day.

Snow does not make a sound when it falls but the feel of snow as you walk along in the winter can only be described as refreshing and simply a tonic for sparking and stimulating the mind, imagination, and creative juices.

I simply love to hear snow crunch as I walk along. I love to go into an open field and make snow balls of all sizes and shapes and then toss them into the air. I love to feel the snow on the trees and railings as I walk along. I just love to take the toe of my boot and swirl it around and around.

Then I would often take my cane and bore holes in the snow as I walk pushing my cane in as far as I can.

Call me different but that’s okay. I encourage you to give this technique a good old college try.

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