Friday, November 11, 2011
Happiness is in Your Own Backyard
Today the radio went off, the TV went off, and my mind went off - I can't take anymore bad news, and I'm a newsy person. Its time to soak in some real life, and put things in a positive gear.
What I like about these rocking chairs is that they are very scarred; they are peeling all over, and are now more wood-and-white than white, their original color. We've had them for years. I think about painting them every once in awhile, but for some reason I never do; it's like I would be paiting over all the conversations we have had sitting in them - our sons, too, and friends, and us. If they could talk...I would take an axe to them!! But I thought they looked beautiful there in the yard, summer gone, fallen leaves surrounding them.
This picture is of our 3-season porch that I had to walk through to get the pic of the rockers - again, struck by the sun slanting in on our couch; peaceful and comforting. The porch is big and unfinished, and so comfortable; we live in this room 3 seasons a year, due to it's size, and I change it to reflect each season. I don't post pics of my own home normally, but was thinking that we all can stumble on these times in our homes (whether it's an apartment, a mansion, or a mobile home) where we are struck by the feeling of home, and whatever that means to us.
So, today I'll concentrate on the gifts that are free and good - sun slanting on chairs, a comfortable porch I'm lucky to have, our veterans that today we remember, the love of family and friends. The news can wait; it's always there, and can bring you down and chip away at your spirit. Soaring - whether quietly, with a book, or loudly, with some happy activity that leaves you winded and speechless - is an act, not a mistake. Find the environment where you can make your thoughts, mind and life soar.
Happy Veteran's Day and have a wonderful week-end!