The University of Utah campus is beautiful and oddly quiet. New snow has blanketed the landscape, turning everything into a holiday card photo. Students and most of the Bennion Center staff are away for the holidays. I look forward to this quiet time. Winter break gives me an opportunity to see my surroundings in new light. I try to catch up on paperwork, read some of the latest research, and put the finishing touches on planning for Spring semester. After the wonderful chaos of my family’s Christmas celebrations, the quiet gives me a chance reflect. The new year just ahead is like the new snow – beautiful and full of possibilities. What will I do with the enticing span before me? I like this advice from Lowell Bennion:
“Learn to like what doesn’t cost much. Learn to like reading, conversation, music. Learn to like plain food, plain service, plain cooking. Learn to like fields, trees, brooks, hiking, rowing, climbing hills. Learn to like people, even though some of them may be different…different from you. Learn to like work and enjoy the satisfaction of doing your job as well as it can be done. Learn to like the songs of birds, the companionship of dogs. Learn to like gardening, puttering around the house and fixing things. Learn to like the sunrise and sunset, the beating of rain on the roof and windows, and the gentle fall of snow on a winter day. Learn to keep your wants simple and refuse to be controlled by the likes and dislikes of others.”
Good advice any time of the year.