Isn't the sun always the brightest after the rain or at least there is an amazing calm for just a moment as the world regains its pace.
My friend sent me a photo of a sunflower that was a late bloom in her garden. Like someone just dropped in and stood there smiling. In the background of the photo, the sky looked grey and gloomy off in the distance and I thought - "isn't life like that sometimes. A sunny moment that can be stolen away by grey clouds that are waiting to descend. It's the wind that helps keep things moving. The thing that keeps those grey clouds from hanging around forever.
We had been considering how our summer is coming to and end. Putting away the patio furniture is always a signal that summer is to be at rest. Today I looked out the window to see the leaves moving in the trees, changing colors, the wind suggesting that a change is on the way. I dug out my cozy grey cashmere sweater that was a deal from one of my favorite "new to you" shoppes - and my leather gloves. I decided to get out of my apartment and go for a walk. I still needed sunglasses which was encouraging but now I also needed my coat. It turned out to be one of those personal saturday afternoons, where really I had no plans and no-where I absolutely had to be. I call them "Julie Days".
I made a conscious effort to cross and "walk on the sunny side of the street" . (That's in a song these days, I know I heard it - and I figure it's good advice too). I took an environmental bag for my shopping so I wouldn't have to bring anymore plastic bags home. They live under my sink and although I haven't thought much about it before - I realize I hate them there.
We'll talk about that another time.......
Back to the wind. What it has done is change my attitude. Now I like it as long as I am warm. When the wind is out there upsetting things - there are also good things going on that we could miss. While the wind was gently doing its thing, I met some nice people along the way - even caught a few smiles. One of the fella's in the line-up at the produce store told me he had long-johns on yesterday which made me laugh, mostly - because I wondered why he thought I needed to know that - but I guess it's nice that he felt comfortable enough to say so. Aren't stranger conversations interesting. I love them. There was a great purse that caught my eye in a shoppe window too which I never would have met if I hadn't headed out in the wind today either. Decided NOT to get a chocolate covered caramel at Purdy's fine chocolates - but totally could have. I made my way back home with some goodies for my fridge, feeling refreshed and anticipating great change coming my way.
So I guess it's about perspective again today. Some days I see the world one way and then something happens in me and it looks totally different. Change could mean adventure and adventures are usually fun. So bring on the wind I say. I've got a sweater and some gloves so I'm ready.
That's it. That's today.