Preparing for Winter

October 28, 2010
Pile of Logs

The Log Pile : Stack of Logs for the Fire


Here in the Languedoc-Roussillon region of France, winter is cold. Seriously cold. When we moved here almost 7 years ago, we never imagined that winters would be so harsh. We had expected something milder, more temperate. In reality, winters here are mostly dry, with very low temperatures and a cold wind that cuts right through you.

However, our move here was a decision we took … and then acted on.

Preparing for the Unexpected

Here’s the thing. When you spend masses amount of time preparing for such-and-such an eventuality, there’s a chance that you’ll be paralysed by preparation. I am absolutely not suggesting that you don’t prepare.  Rather, it’s more that the search for every answer in advance of the event isn’t realistic. If you think that you’ll have covered every angle before taking the plunge, you’ll be kidding yourself.

Also, and very importantly, you could be missing out on a seriously exciting adventure.

Prepare to Adapt

When you decide to take the plunge and do something different, it is often partnered with adopting a new attitude. At least, the beginning of seeing things in a new light. For me, there was a shift from being very organised to becoming freer and easier. However, it didn’t happen overnight.

In new situations we need to be prepared to adapt. Give yourself permission to make some mistakes because that’s a great way to learn. Forgive those who criticise you when you slip up;  chances are, it’s their way of dealing with wishing they had your courage.

Be gentle with yourself.  Give yourself enough time and space to discover along the way. Enjoy the journey. Relish the adventure.

Embrace the Seasons

Winters may be cold here, but there’s almost always some sunshine.

Let’s get out there and stack the logs in preparation!


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  1. Katie

    Like you we moved south in search of warmer weather. Like you we what we found was colder. And, like you we have a huge woodpile.
    We also have the most spectacular sunsets almost every day….

    • Gee Backhouse

      Spectacular sunsets and such huge expanses of sky. Lovely to see you here, thanks for stopping by.