The Lessons of a Snow Day

The Lessons of a Snow Day

This week’s inspiration comes from that dang white stuff.


Unlike the Beast that left me with a garage door stuck open, this snow day was far less treacherous. Still, it wreaked havoc. Why? This time around, the forecast had the widest range of predictions I’ve ever experienced: anywhere from one to nine inches.

If you can call that a prediction.

I can’t recall the exact variables, but it had to do with fronts and pressures and clippers and temperatures and a tremendous number of unqualified “ifs.”

So how do you plan for that?

I wasn’t the only one confused. Many schools started out with delays before deciding to close. I stared at my booked calendar and wrestled with all the ramifications. What could be rescheduled? What could not?

Then, in the middle of all the indecision, I smiled as I recalled a quote that I’d read during a recent morning quiet time. It was from Hans Hofmann, abstract artist and teacher:

“The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.”

Yes! Snow was the great simplifier. The more we have of it, the simpler life becomes. At one inch of snow, quite a few things are possible. But nine inches? The necessary can become unnecessary very quickly.

Maybe that’s what a snow day can teach us. If we’re overwhelmed, just imagine a nine-inch snow.

And let the necessary speak.


How about you? Short of a nine-inch snowfall, what simplifies your life? Tell me about it. I’d love to know.

My best—always,

Becky  (Nana B)

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