Monday, May 6, 2013

Make Your Own Sunshine

      We have been so short-changed on nice spring weather this year.  Have been getting, instead tons of rain and chilly-to-cold temperatures.  Total bummer.  Who wants to spend yet another month enveloped in a damp, grey atmosphere all day.  No one!  And that includes me. 

      On days like that we have two choices.  Option #1.  Let the weather ruin our day, making us gloomy and despondent.  Maybe a bit crabby, too?  (cough, cough--ahem.)  Option #2.  Make our own sunshine! 
      Nobody needs help figuring out how to implement choice number one.  Here are a few suggestions for implementing Choice #2:

1.  Start the day with prayer.  This has been one of my personal disciplines for most of my adult life, although I often fail due to distractions or over-busyness.  I always feel better when I do it, and do it first.  It centers me and reminds me what is important.  It helps me prioritize.  It starts the day out on the right foot.

2.  Put on some inspiring music.  This sets a whole different tone in your environment.  A little Vivaldi's "Four Seasons" is sure to brighten up anyone's day.  Or when I'm in a clogging mood I'll put on some Bluegrass music--that really gets me going. Or worship music is great for those days when I feel a need to express praise.  Here is my current Absolute Favorite:  (Click Here)

3.  Turn on all the lights in the house.  Forget the budget, and the light bill be damned! You need light to prevent "S.A.D." (Seasonal Affective Disorder) Better to get fake sunshine than none at all!

4.  Choose to think only about good things.  Remind yourself of all the blessings in your life.  "Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things." (Phil 4:8) St. Paul had it right--our thoughts make or break us.

5.  Get Busy!  Don't just sit there--Do Something!  Clean the house, cook a pot of soup, workout at the gym, go visit a friend, invite a friend over, anything to keep busy and keep your mind off the weather.

6.  Think of something to do for someone else.  This is the greatest cure-all for the blues that exists.  Contemplate something kind you can do for someone else.  Maybe even Anonymously.  Make a little gift and stick it in a neighbor's mailbox.  Send someone an "I'm Thinking of You" card.  Pick up an elderly relative and take her grocery shopping.

      I am sure you could add a lot of great ideas.  Leave a "Comment" below, and get your name entered into this month's Teddy Bears Tote Bag Giveaway!

PS  This morning it stopped raining long enough for Pedro to come and fix the fence--hurray! It looks as good as new.  (AND he got paid!) :-) 



  1. Hi Linda - Did you notice in your photo of the birds that the position of the birds looks like two eyes and a smiling mouth? Perfect photo for your blogs post:)! Glad Pedro came back. Blessings, Shirley in Washington

    1. Yes, I did notice that--that's why I "pinched" it from the internet! No idea where it originated, but I like a smiling sky. Pedro turned out to be okay after all, didn't he? :-)

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    1. Thanks, Dianne. I have already given Pedro's phone number to a neighbor looking for someone to do some work.

  3. A sunny day is here again - "Happy day's are here again..." how does that song go? I think I need a weather attitude adjustment!

  4. Ha--good to hear you are enjoying the sun! :-)

  5. this is so cool