Mild winter makes head cold bearable


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By Reggie Ponder

Thursday, January 10, 2019

As many of you may know, I have been ailing for several days now.

I feel better than I did at the beginning of the week, though, and am grateful for all the people who have wished me well and sent along reminders that they were praying for me.

It’s nothing serious, either — just the garden-variety cold that has been going around.

Of course, if you’ve ever had the garden-variety cold you know it can feel like a really big deal until it’s gone.

But again, I take a lot of comfort in all the kindness people have shown to me over the past few days. I have been reminded that I am very much loved and that means a great deal.

And even now I know the healing process is at work, even if it’s hidden and mysterious. Renewed health and strength are right around the corner.

I’m also grateful that we’re not experiencing the bitter cold temperatures that were the norm this time last year. You might recall classes being canceled in some places and school starting an hour or two late in other places, all because it was so cold.

Last winter was unusually cold for this area and so far this one has been relatively mild. I realize there are some forecasts that show a possibility of snow this weekend but it’s still not cold like it was last year.

I know there are some who are hoping for snow and might even be disappointed if we don’t see any or only get a little.

Although I’m OK either way, I would prefer not to get the snow.

Mostly I’m looking forward to feeling completely well. That’s one of the best feelings in the world, when you first start to feel better after being sick.

In fact, author Robert Fulghum has written that it’s the very best feeling in the world.

I won’t argue with that, especially right now.

Even if this is a mild winter we have a good bit of it left before we see spring.

But spring will come. It always does.

The blooms and promise that spring brings are always welcome.

Until then we have the reality of a new year and the challenges and opportunities it presents.

I’m always grateful for a new year, a new day, another chance. Indeed, each new day seems to represent another chance.

As I think of things I wish I had done differently during the past year and in all the years before that, this year offers a chance to actually do things differently.

And each new day is the chance to start making this a different kind of year.

Reggie Ponder is a staff writer for The Daily Advance.