It’s 85 and sunny in Seattle for what I am told is maybe the first time ever, but as this picture demonstrates, people will still choose the shade. ~Dr. Jessamyn Blau
I saw these words accompanying this picture on a former high school classmates FB page. This young lady was very bright, even then. She’s just as brilliant now I would gather, as she recently became a doctor! Congrats Jessamyn!! However, she probably didn’t even realize that the simple words she spoke contained such profound meaning. (Then again, she probably did!)
These words reminded me of life here in Wisconsin. We had to deal unmercifully with the Polar Vertex this year. We had a very cold, drawn out winter. We wished, hoped and prayed for warmer days! Unfortunately, when we got them, some people just complained that now it was too hot.
People are the same way with life. Too often we are faced with dreary and rainy days or seasons. These “dark” or uncomfortable times in our life can sometimes feel drawn out and we wonder when they are going to end. We fight against people, situations and circumstances that are draining. We feel tired, hopeless, or defeated. We want a resolution and we want change.
Then, it happens, someone or something great comes along and now our cloudy days are bright. This is what we have been asking for, right? We should be happy, right? Then why aren’t we? Why do we still complain? Why do we still choose the shade?
If you’re looking for the life-altering answer, you won’t find it here. I’m not sure why people still choose to live in negativity and darkness. As I grow older, I’m learning that you have to live for the moment. I’m learning that this variation of Abraham Lincoln’s quote is very true: “You can please all of the people, some of the time, and some of the people all of the time, but you cannot please all of the people all of the time.” Quite frankly, as he also stated: “Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.”
So today, I charge you to make up your mind to be happy. Choose to live, appreciate those positive people around you. Be grateful for every situation and opportunity to improve your life. Never negate what you have been through but use it as a stepping stone to your destiny. Step out of the shade and choose the SUN!!