From Catalyst to Change Agent

A catalyst recognizes that a change needs to happen. It's like moving from the desert to the tundra. The weather is the catalyst that says, "Hey, the weather is different here. You need a shovel and some thermal clothing!" Some of us recognize the need for change in many areas of our life and it usually happens several times a day. The change comes when that information becomes personal and you recognize that you need help getting the tools to be able to clean up the snow in your driveway so you can get to work. So you go to the local store to get a shovel. Now you can shovel the snow off of your driveway.

After a while, you recognize that the driveway is much bigger than you thought. In fact, changing the face of the driveway isn't enough because the road is still blocked with snow. Using this example, we can identify areas where we have tried to find solutions but those solutions have not been enough to overcome the barrier in front of us. Where do you go from there? Well, you could pay the kid down the street to come shovel for you but it doesn't change the future winter issues, does it? Now you have a series of catalysts that have facilitated change but it seems to be missing some elements. You can't make the weather change. You have difficulty keeping up with the snow. When spring comes and the snow is melting, you are jumping for joy, right? Yet, the snow will return in just a few months and the problem will return. You can move to a place where there is no snow but what will you have changed other than your scenery?

Solutions are great but they are only temporary because the change that needs to happen, isn't an exterior problem. It is an internal problem. What if you could change your mindset about the snow? What if there was something in your thinking that could cause you to feel an appreciation for the snow. What if the snow was a positive outcome more than it was a problem? Yes, there are people who have medical issues that can't be in a cold, snowy environment but think about the benefits of snow. If you are trying to get in shape or stay in shape, the act of shoveling snow is the equivalent of working out without the gym membership. Not to mention that snow days offer a perspective a day to rest. Having a snow day can facilitate the right amount of shuteye (seven to nine hours for most people), among its plethora of benefits, make us less stressed, help maintain a healthy metabolism, ward off Alzheimer's disease, make us feel happier, and boost immunity. If you have children, they might enjoy making snow angels in the snow with you which leads to a fun moment in the snow with the most important people in your life.

Without snow, milder temperatures and the sun could warm the soil surface, leading to damage from soil heaving, which can break roots and dry out plant parts. Snow also helps conserve soil moisture over the winter. If you have not yet mulched perennial beds, with snow, you may not have to. - University of Nebraska-Lancaster

The Old Farmer's Almanac states snow protects against against wide temperature fluctuations in the soil. Under that cozy comforter of white, the roots of perennials, bulbs, ground covers, and strawberry plants are protected from the freeze-thaw cycle that can heave tender roots right out of the ground.

Snow replenishes the Earth with much needed water. This, of course is dependent on how much snow falls as it could lead to other natural events. However, if the snow is not excessive, it lays a good foundation for washing away the autumn leaves and promoting the replenishing of moisture for plants and for the ground from the warmer months.

Now that you have seen the benefits of snow, you might not be thinking of the snow as more work for you or in a manner that makes you feel negative about the snow. Now you might view the snow as an opportunity to spend time in nature with family members that you had been wishing you had time for. Maybe if you are eco-aware, you are taking note of the natural resource that snow provides. Or maybe you are the person that buys a snow plow to reduce the amount of time you are spending away from your family.

Whatever your catalyst is, you have the opportunity to use it to make a change and the change might not be an external change. It might be an internal change. It is my job to help you become a change agent so that you can see the potential opportunities through growth. Aare you ready for personal growth from someone who can be objective?

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