I awoke this morning to brilliant sunshine (I neglected to close the blind completely!) and a song from my childhood popped into my head. We sang it in church and it had a catchy little tune but the lyrics are actually pretty impactful. After all these many (many,many…many) years, I still remember them:
I am happy today for the sunshine,
For the skies of gray or blue
For within my heart is a song of life,
I’ll live, I’ll work, I’ll do!
It became an ear worm so I took it as a sort of sign. I started to really think about what I am happy about…Today…Now…In the Present. This led to the thought that I could challenge myself to think about one thing each day that I am happy about. Maybe just for the day, maybe because of the day, maybe just…because. Since it is the first of August, my aim is to do this every day this month. I am hoping that after a full month, it will have become a habit. I invite anyone willing and wanting to uplift their own spirit to join me. You may or may not want to write about it…your choice. I am not sure I have the wherewithal to blog everyday, but I am going to try. So, here we go:
I Am Happy Today For the Sunshine ☀️
I am fortunate to live in an absolutely beautiful part of the country. I live in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado. Amid soaring pines, aspen trees and scrub oak. Nature abounds and it is wondrous and beautiful. Yes, we have rainy days and, of course, we get snow. Sometimes a lot of snow. But, mostly we have sun. Lots and lots of sun. We average over 300 beautiful, bright sunny days a year. Granted, in the wintertime, the temperature may only be just at freezing (or below) . . . BUT, we have clear blue skies and glorious sun that makes the icicles sparkle!
I lived in England for many years and yes, it does rain a lot. And there is fog. And long, gray gloomy winters. It made me grumpy. There are many people that suffer from seasonal depression…completely due to the weather and the lack of sun. I certainly was one of them. Northernmost locations are subject to the most dramatic changes..some places with only a few hours of daylight in the winter. I honestly don’t think I could survive that. For me, that would be akin to starvation.
I NEED the sun. I NEED the vitamin D it provides. I NEED the lift to my soul that it offers me. I NEED the warmth that permeates right to my bones. Here in CO, in the summer, we often get rainstorms in the afternoon. It gets a little cloudy, the wind picks up, the thunder rolls and we get a 15 minute downpour. Then…the sun returns. The Earth is freshly washed and the sun immediately takes care of pesky puddles and wet flip flops. In the winter, we get big snow. Then the sun returns and before there is a need to shovel the walk, it has melted off and soaked deep into the ground to nourish the lawn for the coming spring. It’s a pretty good system! Sunshine makes my heart smile, makes my day happier, makes my burdens lighter. So, I am happy today for the sunshine, for the skies of gray…but mostly blue! What makes you happy…today?