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Up, Down, Sad, Happy, Good, Bad

palm fog wmWhen I first moved to Florida twenty-five years ago, one of the local newspapers gave away free papers on any day the sun didn’t shine. I don’t know if that is still their policy, but I learned very soon that this truly is the Sunshine State.

So far in 2014, we’ve seen lots of clouds and fog. The last week in January, it was dark and gray for almost five days in a row, along with rainy and raw temperatures. If that newspaper is still giving away their product, they lost money in January.

I’ve chirped around the house singing with joyful delight. I finally got to dig out those old sweaters packed away in a dark corner of the closet. I’ve been wearing jeans instead of shorts, and sifted around in drawers to find a pair of socks. I finally got to warm my insides with a marshmallow sprinkled hot chocolate. But, if I had to live this way for months, or deal with what the harsh winter up north this year, I’d be griping instead.

It brought home the old adage that it’s difficult to appreciate something without having experienced life without it.

What if we lived in a constant state of pure joy and never experienced anything else? How would we know it was joy that we felt?

For some time now, I’ve believed that this human experience is our way of appreciating our true home where we live in bliss. After the ups, downs, goods and bads of this life, our heavenly home can be fully realized.

I don’t know if this is making any sense, so simply put, difficult times serve a purpose. Having said that, I’m experiencing a minor difficult time right now. Health issues are creeping up on me and I’m going in for a procedure this week to check things out. I’m not much up for blogging, or even writing. It bugs me when I can’t get to my writing, but I’m just not focused.

If you don’t see me around your blogs for a time, you’ll know why. I’m banking on only a week or two, and hopefully things will move out of the bad and into the good again.

In the mean time, I will work on releasing anxiety to go with the flow, move into acceptance and live in the now, no matter what it brings.

See you soon my blogging buddies, and all those who follow.


25 thoughts on “Up, Down, Sad, Happy, Good, Bad”

  1. Sometimes we need to pull back from things. I take writing sabbaticals and blog breaks. Focus on yourself. Read books–that still counts as working on your writing because you are exploring new ways to write. Take care of yourself and hope everything is okay.

    I do believe that we need the lows to appreciate the highs, this song really captures that—


    1. Thank you, Kourtney. It’s almost two weeks since I posted (aside from a reblog), and it feels weird. I’m really attached to this blog thing. Thanks for sharing the song. Someone else mentioned it too, and it really does capture what I’ve saying here.


  2. My heart goes out to you, Lori–I admire your strength! Thinking of you here in Chicago and hoping all will go well with you this week. Cheers and hugs, Celia


  3. I would send you some of the 19+ inches of snow that fell since last night if I could. But instead, I’ll send my best wishes that everything will be fine for you.


  4. Hope the health issues turn out to be OK, Lori. They can feel so challenging at the time–so hard to get through the not knowing and fear which may come up. I also think that life is all those ups/downs and maybe “enlightenment” is when we fully go with the flow of allowing it all to be.


  5. It has been more dreary and overcast than any ‘winter’ I’ve experienced here in Florida. Can’t say I like it, but I am getting to wear my sweater dresses and boots, and I do enjoy that. While reading your post, I thought of a song I’ve been hearing lately, I think the underlying messages are similar. I hope your procedure goes well and you get your writers itch back.


    1. Ahh, yes, I’ve heard this song. You’re right, it does have the message I’m saying here. Only miss the sun when it starts to snow. Only know you’ve been high when you’re feeling low. Great. Thanks for sharing it, Maggie, and for the good wishes. I’ll miss you guys. Have a great meeting.


  6. I could’ve written this- minus my delight at the dark and cold weather of course haha Yes, life ebbs and flows. We learn to accept the bad (and this too shall pass) and appreciate the good (without glee). Nicely put.


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