After what seemed like weeks of grey, cloudy, cold and wet days, the sun finally came out in all it’s glory the other day. The sky was so blue it almost hurt your eyes, and the sun felt like a golden gift from God even though the wind chill was 12 degrees!
I was standing outside of a restaurant waiting to meet a friend. Turning my face to the sun, I closed my eyes and just stood there with a big smile on my face. After all that cold and greyness, that sun felt better than on the Fourth of July. I heard a car door close and opened my eyes to see a young mother with a little girl, perhaps 3 years old, get out of the car and head for the door of the restaurant. She was giggling at something her mother had said to her and the sound was like a series of musical notes. Suddenly her head turned as two blue jays shot out of the trees across the parking lot and played a spirited game of tag across the sky. The three of us followed their swoops and dives until they disappeared from view. As they passed me on the way into the restaurant, the mother turned to me and said: “You know, on a beautiful day like this, it’s almost hard to believe that there’s so much sad stuff going on in the world.”
Yes, dear lady, you are absolutely correct. When the sun finally comes out after weeks in the dark, when the sound of a child’s laughter is like music to our ears, and when the antics of two beautiful birds captures our vision, it’s cause for celebration. So often in life, it’s the little, ordinary things in our every-day lives that give us the hope and strength to get us through the hard times. They act like a charge to our spirit just like we plug in our phones to get them back up to maximum strength. Part of creating, and living, an authentic life, is knowing when and how to plug ourselves in even if it’s only for a day, and celebrate it for all it’s worth. We have to take it where we can get it.
This week over on the Home Page, our writing assignment is going to ask us to find the things in our every-day, ordinary lives that charge our batteries. As always, have fun with it and remember to just keep writing.
Peace and blessings.