In the midst of winter I finally learned, there was in me an invincible summer."
I saw this quote the first time over at Sara's in 2008 and it has stayed with me. She related it to her health and knowing that "summer" always comes after winter, and something "good" always comes out of her pain filled days.
The last couple of days have been welllllll.... gray, dreary... lackluster. But I can't bring myself to say it yet again... So I flipped on my "happy" lite this morning and soaked in fake beams of sunshine.
You see, I forget sometimes to "set" my intention for the day. I wade into my days only half hearted... letting the "gray" dictate entirely too much. Reacting to everything, instead of deciding how to react to everything. So I decided to shift my focus before I headed out the door this morning. Apparently, Beth, was on the same wave length. She wore Spring in her orange and white polka dot handbag from Target, and I knew she was on to something.
Susan got it too, with her "to make you happy" post today. Thank you Susan, I was still humming John Denver and grinning, as I left for Jr. Great Books with Colton this morning. At school, it just seemed fitting I guess, that one of the girls in our group insisted on wearing sunglasses the entire time we read Rumpelstiltskin. Last week she irritated me with her need to be silly and constantly derail our group. This week I smiled to myself at her antics, sensing her need for sunnier days perhaps too.
As I was working on his post, the door burst open, and in walked Rick, carrying these portraits. I think I flew out of my chair and jumped up and down like a cheerleader! I could not have been more overcome with joy, and sheer surprise. I even went back and read about the day he had taken these last November. "How do you... explain 50 plus degrees and sunshine on a November weekend? So sunny, it allowed for a photoshoot in short sleeves. I'm not sure it can be explained. Instead you revel in it and enjoy the moments of borrowed warmth being extended to you."
Surprising, when I watched for it, how many times sunshine rained down on me today. It was still gray outside and the sun was not visible to the naked eye... but I felt its warmth, and discovered in me, my own invincible summer, thanks to a little help from all of you.
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