Considering Snowflakes

Since Christmas Day we’ve been living in a winter wonderland. 
Well it got me thinkin'

I know shoveling and getting around is challenging but here’s why I love snow - it’s magical.

Snow. It’s water. Frozen water that falls from the sky. Now consider the snowflake... Yes, mindblowing, right? This small but significant droplet of frozen water freshens my faith. The countless tiny details of nature are not a random mistake and this concept, humbles me and reminds me how not in charge I am.

Those who know me know I’m a rose-colored glasses kind of optimist. I see the beauty in the snow despite its inconveniences. You see, modern day miracles occur daily and offer wisdom free for the taking. Take a moment and consider the snowflake.

My favorite quote about snowfall. “The first fall of snow is not only an event, it is a magical event. You go to bed in one kind of a world and wake up in another quite different, and if this is not enchantment then where is it to be found?” J. B. Priestley”

Since we're literally knee deep in snowflakes, I’ve been thinking a lot about them. Snowflakes are perfectly imperfect. Kinda like us. Each one is different. Like us, snowflakes are a representation of diversity. We should really be celebrating our differences rather than trying to conform. Snowflakes risk becoming mundane if they were all the same.

“We have all heard that no two snowflakes are alike. Each snowflake takes the perfect form for the maximum efficiency and effectiveness for its journey. And while the universal force of gravity gives them a shared destination, the expansive space in the air gives each snowflake the opportunity to take their own path. They are on the same journey, but each takes a different path.” (Hmm...)

“Along this gravity-driven journey, some snowflakes collide and damage each other, some collide and join together, some are influenced by wind... there are so many transitions and changes that take place along the journey of the snowflake. But, no matter what the transition, the snowflake always finds itself perfectly shaped for its journey.”

(Its okay, go your own way. You’re equipped for it. “You’ve always had the power, my dear, you just had to learn it for yourself.” Glinda, The Wizard of Oz)

“I find parallels in nature to be a beautiful reflection of grand orchestration. One of these parallels is of snowflakes and us. We, too, are all headed in the same direction. We are being driven by a universal force to the same destination. We are all individuals taking different journeys and along our journey, we sometimes bump into each other, we cross paths, we become altered... we take different physical forms. But at all times we too are 100% perfectly imperfect. At every given moment we are absolutely perfect for what is required for our journey. I’m not perfect for your journey and you’re not perfect for my journey, but I’m perfect for my journey and you’re perfect for your journey. We’re heading to the same place, we’re taking different routes, but we’re both exactly perfect the way we are.”

(God is my favorite artist and yet in this case his miraculous works at art are begrudgingly shoveled, plowed and driven over before completely melting. No worries, he does it again and again regardless)

“Think of what understanding this great orchestration could mean for relationships. Imagine interacting with others knowing that they too each share this parallel with the snowflake. Like you, they are headed to the same place and no matter what they may appear like to you, they have taken the perfect form for their journey. How strong our relationships would be if we could see and respect that we are all perfectly imperfect for our journey.” (Amen)


Laurie Allen in response to prose by Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free. Photos from Pinterest of actual snowflakes. Wow, just wow. 

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