Most of us have been going through some bitingly cold days this winter. Along with the cold is the grey. Do you spell it grey or gray? Doesn’t matter, they’re both correct as in:
One can become easily distracted, feel out of sorts on a cold, grey day. I’m not from England but I want to spell grey that way today as I just did there. The key is to focus on at least five things. If you can do one, some, or all of them you’ll feel as if you’ve actually done something with all that time instead of wasting it.
- Look up useless and useful information on the internet.
See above with the grey/gray thing. Also did you know that in order to capture a screen shot on a Macbook, you Command, Shift 4? On Windows, you can find out how to do that here.
I have my Macbook connected to an old flatscreen television so that I can have two screens to move open windows back and forth as well as watch various channels (see below screen shots of Mel and Joaquin that I snapped while watching the movie, Signs. I just love that movie. It makes the hair stand up on the back of my neck in certain scenes plus the plots and sub-plots weaved together regarding faith, losing your way, things happening at just the right time, etc., are brilliant. Sorry, it’s that distraction thing) whilst I’m writing for work or pleasure or trying to come up with an interesting blog post.
I like to write by background noise—a good movie or show playing as I do. It’s an old habit from when I lived alone that was comforting to me. Oh, remember this scene?
He has no idea what she means until the exact moment he needs to understand and Merrill (Joaquin) swings away.
So, you get the idea.
I’ve also learned how to apply paste wax to raw wood (project I did earlier) and watched a YouTube video about how to tile a bathroom.
Or find websites where you can get free stuff for your blog like here: 300 awesome free things: A massive list of free resources you should know.
Or study up on how to record vocals on some software you may have on your computer, like I did.
2. Write a short story from a prompt.
Let the prompt be something strange such as: I woke up this morning with blood on my hands.
Here’s some of what I have so far:
I woke up this morning with blood on my hands. The window to our bedroom is open and the wind is blowing, causing the shade to thwap, thwap against the casing.
I listen. My hands—reddish black blotches on most of my fingers and half moon shapes on either palm, as if I’d clapped them—make a shish, shish sound when I rub them together. Flakes fall on the clean white sheets I washed yesterday. I brush them off, get up. I stand, pressing the backs of my knees against the mattress as the bed creaks and rolls forward slightly. One of the rollers on the frame is broken and can’t be locked. I knock my toe on the harsh, hard metal nearly every morning. But not this morning. I’m extra careful.
I tiptoe to the bathroom, humming a song about it being a beautiful day. Don’t let it get away!
I turn the faucet on, put my hand underneath it, and wait for the water to get hot. I squirt some soap out of a tube of lavender something promising beautiful skin and scrub my hands. Scrub, scrub. A rust color runs from them, down the drain. Disappears.
Faucet off. Strip off my clothes. Run my still wet hands through my hair. I tell myself what to do as I do it. There’s just this, this right now. I stare at my reflection in the mirror above the sink.
3. Reupholster/re-cover a chair. Organize a closet. Make lists of what you plan to accomplish this week/month/year.
Do something physical and mentally challenging. Reaching, stretching, contemplating, strategizing, mind-mapping. All good things for the mind, body and spirit. You may just find your true métier while doing so. That’s what I’m banking on.
4. Call someone you love.
Don’t email or text or update your Facebook page. Call your Mom or a friend or someone you haven’t talked to in awhile, someone you love and care about. Tell them you love them. Talk to them as long as they want. Ask them questions. You’ll feel better and most likely, learn something.
5. Read a good book and practice gratitude.
Is there anything better than reading a fantastic book when it’s cold and grey outside? Soaking up some words that resonant with your soul? It’s one of my favorite things to do. I light a fire, cuddle up with my pups and read. When I’m reading a great book, a passage will undoubtedly make me pause because it’s so exquisite—the words, structure, pacing, and thought behind them—it reminds me of why I keep trying to do the same. Then I’m reminded of how much I have—right now—in front of me. And I’m just so grateful.
Even for these cold, grey days.
What are some things you do when you’re stuck, whether by choice or not, inside on a cold, grey day by yourself? Read any good books lately? What are some of your favorite cold, grey day go-to movies?