Here Comes The Sun

I need some sunshine in my life. Not only because it snowed today and our wind chill is in single digits tonight – in Louisiana I might add – but because thoughts are rising up in me about making changes in my life.

I ask my dearly departed Robert for guidance every day and he never fails to whisper the words I need. “If you aren’t happy, make a different choice.” Maybe a golden sunrise will bring me some inspiration. We all need a little of that sometimes. Here’s hoping that the sunshine warms our hearts and souls tomorrow.

Slices

Skywatching is a passion of mine. Constantly changing, taking on a new face every second, but consistent enough to trust that it’s always there. 

These sunrise photos were taken from the same spot on three different days. I love how beautiful these shots were in the moment, but within a few minutes were completely changed or even gone. 

Slices of life; that’s all we have. Collect the beautiful ones. 

Shine On

file-jan-13-12-23-54-pm

Yesterday I was pondering pervasive thoughts about how I don’t take myself seriously any more; like some sparks of passion have burned out. I wondered “where have I gone?”

While enjoying a mild breeze on the back porch, the sun burst out from between the clouds, as if to say “HEY!” So my age-old friend and I began a heart to heart conversation:

Me: “What’s wrong with me? I’m in a funk. I have no spark.”

Sun: “You didn’t think you’d stay the same all of your life, did you?”

Me: “Well, yes, I suppose I did.”

Sun: “To be honest, I have changed over the millennia.  Many times.”

Me: “You look the same to me.”

Sun:  “I promise, I’m not. But you couldn’t tell because mostly what you see of me is the product of my work. You enjoy my rays of sunshine, the way I light up clouds at tween-time, and you see the flowers that lean my way in the morning.”

Me:  “Truth.”

Sun: “So would you call me consistent?

Me: “Of course!”

Sun: “My secret is TO SHOW UP.  Every. Single. Day. I do my best to shine, shine, shine. And with a host of friends like wind and clouds and rainbows, we get the job done. I simply show up and take my place in the symphony of life.”

Me: *jaw drop*

Sun: *shines stronger*

Me: “So all that I need to do is keep showing up?”

Sun: “Absolutely. Clouds might cover your shine from others occasionally, but above it all, YOU still exist. You may appear a bit differently now and then. You might even perform differently too. But the real you, with those hope and dreams and ambition and excitement about it all is always consistent. Others will see you shine even if you don’t.”

Me: *big smile*

Sun: “Lean over here and let me kiss your cheek.”

Me: *leans over so face is in direct contact with warm, soft, sunshine*  Thanks, friend.

Sun: *shines on*

From one of my favorite authors: “Always Do Your Best. Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse and regret.   —Don Miguel Ruiz

 

 

 

 

City Mouse, Country Mouse

1465886_10200868486823972_563994599_o

Living in the woods on a lake in rural….very rural…North Louisiana is sort of a dream come true.  How fortunate can one be to spend every day with the peaceful tune of leaves rustling in the breeze, birds chirping, frogs chirping too, and early morning heavy dew dripping the scent of pine needles.

For 40+ hours of my week, I work in the city, fairly oblivious to the hustle and bustle around me.  I give special attention to avoiding busy urban areas, but there are many sites within the city to take a “peace break”.  City parks, a wonderful museum garden, a special Asian garden, the riverfront lined with trees, the disc golf park, are all prime locations.

The attached photo shows power poles and lines and traffic at a standstill, but those things aren’t what stand out to me or what prompted me to take the photo.  Look at the sunrise…oh the gorgeous color and promise of a new day.  This country mouse feeds on that, and will keep looking for nature to lift me up each day ’til I can scurry back to the woods.

 

Head in the Clouds

Bless me, for I have sinned. It has been more than 3 weeks since my last post. 

I have a good reason. Really, I do!  My head has been in the clouds. Literally, figuratively, and every day since my last post. 

I took on an intensive project at work that totally consumed every cell in my brain. I vacationed over Labor Day, driving through low-hanging rain clouds that brushed the mountain peaks in Arkansas and Missouri. 

And nearly every day I have been so very fortunate to be blown away by the most beautiful sunrise clouds, sunset clouds, rain clouds, and many others in between. 

It was this morning that I realized how much they delight me, how much they encourage me to float away with them, and how they tempt me to keep looking for them every day. 

I need that in my life sometimes. So today, once again, I had my head in the clouds. I don’t feel bad about it at all. I feel inspired. Now, here I am, breaking a 3-week hiatus from my blog. But there will be no hiatus from the clouds. 

Rise

File Aug 25, 10 33 15 AM

Yesterday morning started in a beautiful way. The dew was heavy and the sun came out strong.  Fog hung in the air everywhere along my morning commute path. The way that fog moves is fascinating, especially in the first of the morning light. It RISES. Even on the surface of the lake, when it meets the sun, it rises.

That will be my analogy for the day; when the sun shines on me, RISE.  Allow my spirit and being to be lifted.  Use the sunshine as a catalyst for dissipating anything negative into nothingness until only clarity exists.  Yes.