Today I was feeling down. Lots of reasons that I won’t go into here. So this afternoon, to shake myself out of the doldrums, I walked outside and standing there in my backyard I looked up.
I looked up into the dazzling sun, at the clouds floating by in a bright blue Melbourne sky and I thought about how things have changed in my life in the last couple of years. Within my world, within my family but mostly within myself.
Someone said to me recently that “everything that happens to us changes us as a person, all our thoughts, decisions, choices …”. And it’s true, but it seems that lately I’ve been too stuck in my head, thinking, always thinking. Sometimes drowning in my thoughts.
Yet somehow things always seem better outside. It’s like I can breath easier, taking stock of all that I have, where I am, appreciating the ordinary moments.
Then tonight after a nice family dinner, it hit me again. At the end of a four day long weekend when all should have been good in my world, the tears started to flow.
And that’s when I looked up again. I looked out my huge back window and there was the most beautiful light bouncing off the hills. I stepped outside into a drizzly spring evening and I noticed, not just the light but a stunning double rainbow.
I would have missed it if I hadn’t looked up.
My photos, snapped quickly with my phone, missed the vibrant colors but my eyes didn’t.
I’m dubbing November the month of looking up. When everything seems down and grey I’ll remind myself to take a few steps back, to change my perspective and to look up. To the possibilities that await and the ordinary moments that can become the extraordinary, if we take the time to notice.
I know that not everything will magically fix itself but there has to be hope in changing our focus and in a new perspective.
Even Lamby knows.
May we never give up on hope, appreciating the ordinary moments and where we are right now. Knowing that everything is for a reason, even if we don’t know what it is.
Happy November everyone. Where ever you are, let’s make this month one of moving forward and one where we keep looking up.