When 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.