Sunshine all the time makes a desert

photo by Jenny Ingalls Nelson

Sunny beaches are my happy place. They’re my first choice for vacation and somewhere that I feel EXACTLY how I want to feel; yet I’ve often wondered if I would appreciate them as much if I lived there. If I never knew rain or clouds or storms or snow again, would I somehow stop appreciating sunshine? Would I long for the quiet snow covered ground? Would I crave a heavy thunderstorm that knocks out the power?

The truth is that I’m not going to have to worry about any of those questions anytime soon! I plan to continue living in a place that has 4 seasons, crazy storms, and as much as it makes me cranky these days…snow.

I feel the same way about joy. I wonder…if I lived in a constant state of blissful joy, would I still appreciate it?

OK, clearly I don’t have to worry about the answer to that question, either…but it does make me think.

The first sunny day after a long, cloudy winter, feels so much more incredible to me than the 10th sunny day in a row.

The first joyful day after a long funk, evokes so much more gratitude in me than the 10th consecutive day of feeling good.

I was talking to a new friend early last week, and we were comparing notes on a little mini-funk we were both experiencing. We told each other that it would pass, we needed to take care of ourselves, etc. All the true things you tell yourself, but don’t really connect to. Later in the week, the mutual mini-funk had passed, and it was like the first day on a sunny beach. The gratitude for my joy after some emotional clouds, was intense.

So, while it’s always nice to dream of living on a sunny beach and feeling constant bliss, for me, right now, I’m choosing to send some love to the clouds. Without them, I may not appreciate the sun.

Thanks for being on the journey with me.

?, Lara


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