Warm Fuzzy .vs. Cold Prickly . . .

“You can close your eyes to things you don’t want to see, but you can’t close your heart to the things you don’t want to feel.” ~ Unknown

This Fall, I had fun taking pictures of fuzz, it seemed to be everywhere. At the time, I started a post on it called “Fun with Fuzz”, but never quite finished it. There is not much to say about “fuzz”, so I tucked it away waiting for inspiration. As time passed, the temperatures dropped and the fuzz blew away revealing that many of the same warm, fuzzy plants I was collecting pictures of also come with some very sharp prickles. The combination of characteristics brought to mind the story of warm fuzzies and cold pricklies. (If you have never heard the story, you can read it here: The Original Warm Fuzzy Tale) At my school, the story was taught to (may still be) elementary students to discuss feelings. Emotions are sometimes hard for young children to understand, especially (like my starting quote says) the fact that you can not shut them off. The warm fuzzy tale was a way to demonstrate and talk about the things that made them feel good inside and things that hurt them.

The definition I like best for “Warm Fuzzy” is … The warm, pleasant sensations one feels in the stomach and heart area when emotionally moved by an act of goodwill or love. Like Warm Fuzzies, Cold Pricklies are exactly what the words sound like … “Cold Prickly “An act that makes one sad, depressed, or hurt inside and causes one to go down a notch on the self-esteem ladder of life.”

Without a doubt, we have all experienced both warm fuzzies and cold pricklies. We have probably dished out our fair share of each, too. Everything in nature seems to come with both traits … thankfully (when it comes to cold pricklies), they are usually not distributed in equal proportions. This is one aspect of life where a healthy balance swings way to one side, the warm and fuzzy side of life.

We naturally gravitate towards the warm fuzzies in our lives and avoid the cold pricklies. Warm fuzzies make us grow healthy and happy, where cold pricklies kill our spirit. The holiday season (where I live) takes place at the coldest, darkest time of the year. However, there are emotional heat sources everywhere and we are not cold. During the Christmas season, warm fuzzies are much easier to find, we are eager to give warm fuzzies away to others and we are more inclined to not spread any cold pricklies.

Take the time to share the warmth with those you care about … hug them, call them, compliment them, write them, be with them, support them, whatever it takes to keep them warm to the fact that they matter and you care. Warm fuzzies are not charity or a burden to the giver, they are mutually beneficial. The warmth we give to others, warms us even more then it does them. Let’s try to spread those warm fuzzies around all year-long!

I hope that your holiday season is filled with lots of warm fuzzies and the cold pricklies are left out in the cold where they belong.

“Live with no excuses and love with no regrets” ~ Montel

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~ by bearyweather on December 29, 2011.

12 Responses to “Warm Fuzzy .vs. Cold Prickly . . .”

  1. Beautiful post…hoping to spread warm fuzzies throughout the year!

  2. ha we did warm fuzzies and cold pricklies on our shoulders in middle school for over a week i think

    people continued to use the prompts after to help to communicate their needs and desires and wishes, helped everyone see how people communicate differently, introverted, extroverted, body language, reactions and so on

    I haven’t seen milkweed in ages thanks for posting it!

    • The warm fuzzy lessons are really good for that … and they are pretty darn cute, too.
      You are welcome … I love taking pictures of the milkweed plants in the Fall.

  3. Happy 2012 to you šŸ™‚

  4. What a really lovely post! A good lesson that came out of it is that waiting for inspiration can produce wonderful results. You tied it in magnificently. I think we perhaps wouldn’t appreciate those warm fuzzies enough if it weren’t for the cold pricklies.

    • Thank you. I often start posts and come back to them week’s later when I am inspired by something to finish them. I don’t know how you and so many other bloggers can publish every day. I can write every day, but I seldom feel my thoughts are complete or the piece makes sense until much later when I can rewrite with a fresh outlook. Maybe I just think too much.
      I agree, the cold pricklies do make us appreciate the warm fuzzies more

  5. Hi Bearyweather, Love the photography and philosophic statement of this post. That fuzzy feeling when we express kindness or receive it and also show our natural inclination to love and be loved. Great! Have a super good day and enjoy your milder Winter weather!

    • Warm fuzzies are all about love and kindness. But, I also think the lessons teach a lot about how we can effect the feelings of the people around us. And, how we need to allow ourselves to “feel” and accept how others “feel”. We can not always control how we feel, but we can control how we react to all those emotions we have.

      It is snowing like crazy here for the first time … still mild, but huge white flakes coming down with the promise of more.

  6. Your warm fuzzies are beautiful. šŸ™‚

  7. Delightful images and post, Bearyweather!

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