My bedroom windows face the east and so every morning the sun shines through my windows. But today on Earth Day I only saw a glimmer of the sun early this morning. It rained all day here in Maryland. Even still on Earth Day I salute the sun, it is my favorite. Can you tell by the sunflowers? I love them too.
My hope rises every morning with the sun. It is such a constant in my life. I say to myself as the sun rises I will rise as well.
After watching a show about sungazing I contemplated it. And although it’s easier for me to stare into the sun now, there’s something about losing my eyesight that snaps me out of it. Instead I’ll appreciate the warmth and power of the sun. I’ll appreciate it’s life-giving power, without it we would not survive. I’ll be thankful for the light and energy I receive from it and I’ll strive to be a beacon of light for others.
Life can throw you a one- two punch out of the blue. Last year and early this year was one of those times for me. Instead of a one- two punch, I got the three-four-five-six punches….. they just kept coming. How do you get through tough times that keep on coming?? Here’s my current list. I’m sure it will change over time but so far here’s how I keep smiling:
Staying connected to my Creator–church, prayer, reading the bible, prayer, did I mention prayer?
Meditation–I’m new at it but it keeps me grounded
Aromatherapy–Joy™ is one of my favorites, it smells great and reminds me to be joyful, it’s my Joy in a bottle
Gratitude Journal–some days the best I could say is “thank you for the sun shining”. It works, now there’s more to be grateful for
Smile and say hello, in the words of Joel Osteen–”being unhappy won’t change anything for the better”
Random acts of kindness– increases serotonin, get creative, the world needs more kindness
Appreciate moments of silence– Take the oppt to pray or listen to God’s voice, He speaks very quietly
Exercise–burn off the frustration
Go to bed early– it gets the day over
Talk it out– a friend, a therapist, the car, walls, just get it out!!
Reading–words are powerful & meaningful>>affirmations, inspirational quotes, books, other blogs, right now on hooked on Chosen Families
Music– love it>>Classical in the am(makes me smarter), dance music for exercising, gospel for inspiration, relaxing music at night before bed, jazz, country, Christian, reggae, & classical, somewhere in between. That’s a lot of music. Thank you Pandora.
Work–I happen to have a really great job
Food–Eating healthy–if you want your body to function well you have to fuel it with good, healthy foods. I feel the difference. Everyday and I mean everyday I need my Luna bars and a handful of nuts. Don’t feel right without them. A piece of dark chocolate is also very good
Drink–no not alcohol, TEA. Hooked on them, now having several cups a day, just discovered the Teavana tea shop
Get out in nature–I love walks in the woods, staring at a lake or feeling an ocean breeze. God is there, I can sense His presence
Hobbies-As I tell my kids ” I do actually have a life”. There’s things I like to do