Regular readers may remember that last year I moved from London to Norwich. So this article and picture of London in the Snow did make me feel a little nostalgic.
Not for the London I left last year, but for the London I moved to, over thirty years ago.
Have you ever seen London in the snow?
On normal days, London is not dissimilar to any other sprawling metropolis dotted around the globe. Compared to some it might have more history, it may look antiquated and quaint. But it has certain similarities to all of them, hundreds of thousands commute into London for work every day – as I once did.
Some may live there, some not, some will socialise there, some not, there are people living and working in London that grew up there or have come from near and far, people from every country, every walk of life all live, work and play there.
But when the working day is over, and the people have gone home, you will see the city laid bare, it’s dirty and noisy, sometimes not very well maintained, there are good bits and bad bits. If you were to walk around London you might think that the city is near to collapsing under the weight of the sins committed by its inhabitants. You might feel that the air pollution is a result not of the cars and trucks and buses but the exhaled breath of the buildings trying to clear their throats, or the souls in the pursuit of capitalism to which they have been subjected. Sometimes it feels that no matter what might change there is no way it could ever get clean again. I'm afraid that's how I felt by the time I left.
The history, the people, the businesses all combine together in a stew of greed and capitalism, similar stews can be found across the globe. But then occasionally something funny happens, something that reminds us all that it is simply a thin veneer, a mask that hides the true city and its people. It’ll snow…
London in the snow is simply one of the most beautiful and incredible places in the world, even the most hardened of capitalists can be seen shrugging off the business mask and enjoying the sheer beauty that the falling snowflakes bestow upon the city. The news media will always predict the worst when snow hits, and people will stay away, but if you do venture in, you’ll see magic in the making. In the exact same city with added snow you see the true beauty of each person that normally day to day is masked away. People will stop and gaze at white parks and snowflake encrusted trees and bushes, the whole city will have a glistening sheen across it that seems to promise that all is not lost, magic still lives there and all you have to do is let it in. People might smile easier and forget about the late or non-running trains around Christmas time, it has an air of relaxation and joy that isn’t there the rest of the year.
Where Are You Now?
Stop and look around you right now, at where you are now, be it at work, at home on a train or plane.
Does life feel magical or is it simply one more stressful situation you’re moving through to get to the next one? Wouldn’t you feel happier if you could look around and see fields of pristine white, promising you that everything is new again? That’s what London in the snow feels like, it feels like a fresh start.
Do we honour it or lead it to ruin? In every situation, think of snow. Be it stressful or anxious, there are reasons to find joy and something to embrace and move forward with. We just have to see those opportunities as beauty and grab them, move forward not from a stressful place but from one of joy and newness, just like London seems to when it snows…
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My Christmas Wish To Everyone
Seeing London in the snow brings back happy memories of the time I was there, but for me, it was time to move away to Norwich. Not everyone is lucky enough to be able to ‘up-sticks' as I did, so consider the advice above by finding the good in your present situation.
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I wish all readers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, and that you may move on from any stress you are experiencing and to a place of peace of joy.