Frost – Word of the Week

My word this week is frost.
I looked out of the window and it’s all that I could see. It’s so cold, dark and dismal. It’s no wonder people start making plans for the future months, January is abysmal. 
Let me continue with a quote from Robert Frost.

“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life; it goes on.”

Isn’t that just simply true. Sometimes you may feel like life isn’t going anywhere, you are not achieving anything, nothing seems worthwhile. In actual fact, life is short, too short, and even shorter for some. So, you have to make the most of it, whatever you do.

Life goes on. You have to take it as it comes. I spend day after day stuck in the house, feeling like I’ve achieved nothing. But in actual fact I’ve achieved lots, I’ve even managed to keep breathing all day.

People make plans in January to brighten up the future months. They look forward and wish away the days.

Every day should be appreciated.
I want to feel grateful for everyday. Sometimes when I sit and think about it all the things I feel grateful for are the things that are static. Things like my family, a roof over my head, food on the table. I realise that some people don’t have these things and I am lucky, but is it really gratitude I feel?

Sometimes you need to open up more and experience the world around you more.
It can be something someone does that is kind, it can be something you see that is wonderful, you just need to be thankful and let it all in.

When I did the Gratitude week in The Activation Game last year, I found it very difficult, I find it difficult to see the good things in life because the bad things are nearly always present in my mind.

From now on I will try harder. Life isn’t that bad, there is always something to feel thankful for.

My frosty heart will thaw.

Today I will feel thankful for the frost on the grass outside my window….why? Simply because it’s beautiful. If it was possible I’d go out there and feel it crunch beneath my feet. I used to love doing that. I may never be able to do it again but I have the memory of it and I’m thankful for that.

So, while the frost is unwelcome to many, to me it is something beautiful. And when it thaws, I will find more things to be thankful for. Life goes on.

The Reading Residence


  1. January 6, 2017 / 11:29 am

    Ahh! You are so wise….You are right every day should be appreciated! We should be more grateful for the little things.

  2. January 6, 2017 / 12:22 pm

    This is so true, and with our busy lives we don't stop and think about each day. I do keep a gratitude journal daily which makes me find three positive things each day, but in the every day moment I am often rushing about, looking forward. Thanks for the reminder x Thanks for sharing with #WotW

  3. rebeccabeesley
    January 6, 2017 / 1:59 pm

    what beautifully written words Anne. x

  4. liquoriceuk
    January 6, 2017 / 2:09 pm

    So very true. I started sharing one thing each day that I was grateful for and it helped me notice the little things more. It's all too easy to look ahead rather than enjoying the here and now though. Frost outside is beautiful in many ways. Hope 2017 will be a positive year for you x #WotW

  5. mummyhereandthere
    January 6, 2017 / 9:19 pm

    Totally agree should try to look for good things even the small things are something, All the best for the new year X #wotw

  6. karenblower
    January 7, 2017 / 1:19 pm

    Wise words indeed, we all need to stop and take each day as it comes sometimes. A very beautiful post. Best wishes for 2017 x

  7. January 8, 2017 / 11:22 pm

    I'm probably guilty of being too concerned about planning and looking forward and no really absorbing everything in the here and now. It's a good reminder as time with the children rushes by so very, very quickly!
    Hope you had a good Xmas break and new year

  8. angiemwebster77
    January 9, 2017 / 10:21 am

    I totally agree with you Anne, I've been concentrating on gratitude lately and it's making me feel so much better. I've been in that place where it feels like nothing will ever be good again and I'm determined never to return. You sound so much more positive and it's lovely to hear x #WotW

  9. ourlittleescapades
    January 23, 2017 / 4:09 pm

    These are excellent words of wisdom, I really need to do this more. I always worry about what will go wrong. Expect things to go wrong. It's now my mind is set #WotW sorry it's late x

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