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Sunday, October 14, 2012

The Reality of a Beautiful Day

I am writing this with the rain pouring down.  I just announced 2 1/2 inches on the rain gauge to the facebook world.  I have been waiting for rain because I see the stressed look in nature, in my yard and all around me in my walks.  I am enjoying the rain.  I know that not everyone shares my view!

Don't get me wrong, I love a sunny day.  It can lift your spirits to see the sun shining down, making everything including your future seem just that much brighter.  In fact, I love beautiful Fall days with the colored leaves.  Adding sunshine to the mix is what makes you 'ooh & ahh'.  Sun reflecting off of leaves in the early light of the day makes the trees look like they are on fire.

I was driving through town last month, mid September when I looked up at the sky and was taken by how blue the sky was and how beautiful it was all around.  A week before this beautiful sky moment we were remembering 9-11 and many different media sources would ask "Where were you when 9-11 happened?"  Looking up at the sky last month brought me back to 9-11 like it was yesterday. As I looked up at the sky, I had an instant flash back of September 11, 2001.   I remember what a gorgeous day it was, I was finishing some morning dishes and had just taken the kids to school.  I was watching the news while I did the dishes, and it came over the news that the first plane hit.  Everyone was puzzled and I remember the weather forecast was just before and they were showing a picture of the twin towers.  And I remember how blue the sky was.

We all know what a horrible day this was.  I sat alone all morning watching the news, calling the school to see if the kids were OK and that they were reassuring them.  My husband had left just before to go hunting and it was before we all had cell phones at our sides.  I saw footage that morning that I have not seen since as things unfolded.  In fact just thinking about this brings tears to my eyes.

So the reality of this beautiful fall day back in 2001 was that it really was not a beautiful day, even though it looked like what we all loved on the outside.  It made me think about what we (I) think of as a good day, or a bad day.  How we can have our moods change at the drop of a hat.

On Friday, I had a day off.  I had planned yard work on Saturday all month.  The weather news was that we were going to get hit with a lot of rain.  So having no flexibility in what weekend I would do my work, I did have the flexibility of switching my yard work to Friday.  I decided I would work like a horse and then go to my scheduled massage appointment.  Yep, I had a plan.

I got most of my yard work done and then drove to the next town.  I hit every red light that there was (minus the last two blocks).  I didn't realize there were so many.  This day it didn't seem to bother me, but remember how happy I am when I have hit almost all green lights!  I got to the appointment and went to the front desk and they looked confused to see me.  I do have an appointment, right?  No, I wasn't scheduled.  Without making this a really, really long story, they had no other times available.  We still don't know what happened.  I have never missed a massage I scheduled and I don't know why I would write it on the calendar without making an appointment.  So we went through a couple options and I made an appointment for Saturday morning.  Turns out we talked long enough that the person they were expecting hadn't showed up and I got in!  I remember saying: this is the best day ever!  But really just moments before, I had hit every red light and found out I didn't have an appointment that I thought I did and really wanted.

So all this just makes me think about things and what the reality of a beautiful day is and I think it comes down to this.  A beautiful day is having faith that even though it may not seem like it at the time, it's all going to work out.  A beautiful day is having hope for the future.  A beautiful day is being loved and loving.  9-11 brought this out in people on a horrible but beautiful day.  Horrible in what happened, beautiful in the weather but more important beauty of what it all comes down to.

Faith, hope and love.  That is a beautiful day.  Today is a beautiful day!

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