It is really hard to tolerate the weather in Minnesota sometimes. It seems that winter comes early, stays late and oftentimes spring gets skipped all together. I can honestly say I don't remember it bothering me much as a kid, but it seems each year that passes it either gets worse or bothers me more. I think the key in all of it is appreciating the freshness and the newness.
As we begin the annual tradition of gathering with co-workers, family and friends to celebrate the holidays, I challenge you to appreciate the good. This time of year is a great time to relax, re-energize and refocus as we spend some time away from work or just the routine of everyday life. We are afforded opportunities to connect with people that we may not have seen in a while or visit Grandma's house for the only time during the year. The times are filled with great memories, stories, meals and just genuine fellowship.
It's winter in Minnesota. People say there are no guarantees in life, but I can prove those people wrong. I guarantee some folks in Minnesota are tired of winter. I can guarantee many folks are daydreaming about the lapping of the water on the shores of their favorite lake, and I can also guarantee for some of you, your New Year's resolution is already off the tracks.