Well it looks like the snow’s back!
I don’t know what it looks like where you are but as I look out of my window, close to Berwick town centre, there’s a thin white covering but nothing to cause undue concern. However, I suspect things are rather worse in some of the more rural areas of North Northumberland.
And would you credit it, tomorrow I have to drive to Wooler for my other job, a journey that saw me rescued by the snow plough last time I made it.
At times like this, the police and motoring organisations are always quick to advise us against traveling unless it’s essential. This is good advice, but is getting to work an essential journey?
For many people, that question is an economic one. If they don’t report for work they don’t get paid and they have to decide whether they can afford that. For others, myself included, the decision must also be based on the service we provide and the needs of the users of that service.
In my other job I spend a few days a month working as the pharmacist in charge of the only pharmacy in Wooler. If I’m not there, prescriptions can’t be dispensed or handed out, over the counter medicines can’t be sold, and the excellent staff might as well just go home. And if I can’t get there because of snow, anyone needing medication almost certainly can’t get to an alternative pharmacy.
So whatever the weather, I have to do my utmost to get to work. But having done that recently, in the worst driving conditions I have ever experienced, I now feel a great sense of achievement. I tackled a situation that I could easily have decided was just too hard and came through it successfully.
How many times do we tell ourselves that we can’t do something so it’s not worth trying? Maybe the lesson I can take from my journey through the snow is that it’s always worth trying.