What I know is that it’s going to be better. If it’s bad, it might get worse, but I know that it’s going to be better. And you have to know that. There’s a country song out now, which I wish I’d written, that says, ‘Every storm runs out of rain.’ I’d make a sign of that if I were you. Put that on your writing pad. No matter how dull and seemingly unpromising life is right now, it’s going to change. It’s going to be better. But you have to keep working.
~ Maya Angelou
How are you today? I hope this finds you well and doing all the things you need to do to keep you well.
It’s raining here today. Somehow, that feels right and good. Maybe that’s because rainy days are typically the kind of day one spends indoors, looking out. I like to watch as the raindrops race each other down the glass of the window, creating different patterns and streams. Rain softens the outside world, giving the colors an abstract feel.
It is Day 2 of the 40-day self-care challenge. Today my self-care involved 30 minutes of cardio, the personal practice I was given by my yoga teacher (some movement, mantra, breath work), and meditation. I also went out for a walk in between the bands of rain. The birds were quite loud today, especially the crows and red-winged blackbirds.
Something that might help you muddle through:
- Susannah Conway has started her April Love 2020 photo challenge early (it begins today with the prompt “Through the window” which you might have noticed is my post title and the subject of the first two photos which were taken in response to the prompt). You don’t have to be a great photographer, or a photographer at all. There are no emails involved. No registration. No rules. Just check out the prompts and if you have a camera of some kind, join in. I also think these would make great writing prompts, if you’re not as visual or you are more inclined to write. (The quote I began this post with was included in Susannah’s latest newsletter. I borrowed it (as we borrow quotes, anyhow) because it was so appropriate for this rainy day and the times.)
Just one thing/link today. It can be pretty overwhelming out there lately. So many good people are offering so many good things. I can’t believe I just wrote that but truly, there are many, many generous people doing what they can to help us through as we wait for this to pass.
Thank you for visiting with me today. I don’t think we’ll see much of a sunset. There is more rain on the way. Instead of going out to the dock or the Point, let’s just relax where we are and enjoy whatever the evening sky happens to offer through the window.
Be safe, be well. ♥♥♥
A few of the 10,000 reasons to be happy: 1,286) A walk in the woods, listening to the pitter-patter of the raindrops falling from the trees. 1,287) Homemade bread and rolls. We ran out of bread so M decided to bake some this morning. The scent! It’s amazing. 1,288) Veggie meatball sandwiches on the freshly baked rolls. I made the sauce but the meatballs are the store-bought variety. That’s as close as we’re getting to junk food around here lately. 1,289) The sound of hundreds of birds sitting in the trees, sharing the latest gossip with each other. 1,290) The greening of the landscape.