BRRR. It is that time of the year, when we once again have to prepare ourselves for the coming of the winter season.
Winter normally coincides with our moods becoming exceedingly bleak and morose as we tend to reflect the weather around us, but it doesn't have to be that way.
Come on now: we had a good summer. We had wonderful sunny days and we have been quite lucky to have experienced something of an Indian summer these past two weeks, while people in Gauteng have become walking popsicles.
Winter does not have to be bleak. It is a time that we can utilise to do more things for each other.
The cold weather forces us to spend more time indoors. We must focus our energies on being more creative in the time that we spend with friends and family.
It is a good time for calling our neighbours over to share a nice hot cup of coffee and catch up on all the latest events.
We can be a bit more adventurous in entertaining ourselves and families by way of games, reading and conversation. In no way should we use winter as an excuse for us to become couch potatoes in front of our TVs!
The coldness outside forces us to create a more comfortable and warm environment indoors. Let the warmth we create be transferred to our individual personalities over this time.
Winter can be fun, as we layer ourselves in jackets, jerseys, scarves, pullovers, cardigans and turtlenecks, usually in the most loud and fashionable colours.
(Most of us end up looking like stuffed peacocks.) On a more sombre note, let us also not forget that there are people living in informal settlements who are faced with the task of braving the full force of winter, without the comfort of heaters, electric blankets or fireplaces.
Times are tough, but if we can provide assistance to those less fortunate than ourselves, then we all have to do our bit.
Remember, giving back is good for the human spirit. Enjoy winter!