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Nature - The Great Changer

January 29, 2018

Can you believe the weather these last few days?  For Ontario in January, this is unbelievable.  I went out yesterday with just a shawl … it was 8 C!  Amazing.  Today I went out again for lunch with some special friends – and wore my shawl again.  It was 7 C.  I spent a bit of time outside and you know what, I felt better.  Better than I have in a long time.  I opened my car window on the drive home and let the air circulate around me.  Did I mention the sun?  It was so bright and warm.  The feeling on my skin made me smile. 

 

It’s interesting how a little warm weather can change your mood.  I was lucky enough to spend a few days in Miami and then Santa Monica and that was nice but it didn’t feel as good as a few days of warmth here.  Everything looks different when we get some nice days in the midst of winter.  The last couple of days reminded me of something I read recently:

 

“As you sit on the hillside, or lie prone under the trees of the forest, or sprawl wet legged by a mountain stream, the great door that does not look like a door, opens.”

 

-          Stephen Graham

 

Although I did not spend a great deal of time outside, it was invigorating.  The wind and fresh air blew the cobwebs from my brain and the sunshine lifted my mood.  All things somehow seemed possible; at least more possible than before.  It was such a good reminder that today is just a day and tomorrow things can be and will be different.  Maybe it was a sunny reminder that this too shall pass.  Whatever it was, I am thankful.

 

What about you?  Have you realized how transformative a little sunshine, a little warm weather – but most importantly a little mother nature can be?  The next time the sun is shining, get outside.  Just for a minute.  Breathe deep.  Smile.  Say thanks.  And let the door open … let it be …  

 

 

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