Several of my friends are complaining of the drudgery of short winter days. Going to and from work in the dark, enduring bone-chilling winds and iced up windscreens. This got me to thinking. Why am I not feeling the same? Admittedly I started my own business this year so no longer have a daily commute, my stresses are perhaps more tangible and yet I find myself in a state of acceptance.

I believe trail running is at work. If you have read any of my other posts you will be aware that I am a habitual runner so it’s not the running itself but the opportunity that self-employment has given me. No longer are my winter runs squeezed into the early hours of the morning, lit by a head torch. I can now run after sunrise!

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And boy have I noticed the beauty around me! I find myself stopped in my tracks by the beauty of a frosted bench, the first shoot of spring flowers or crystal blue skies. The months of running in visual deprivation last year have left me acutely connected to the happiness of now.

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The Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu said “If you are depressed you are living in the past. If you are anxious you are living in the future. If you are at peace you are living in the present”. I highly recommend living in the present to beat the winter blues!

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