I was sitting on my balcony, a little later than usual, drinking my coffee hoping to see the sun rise, but alas it was a cloudy day, a sort of washed out grey-blue haze dominating the sky, the sun to hopefully come out in the afternoon. Taylor laid on the floor just inside of the balcony door, making sure I didn’t fall over its railings, no doubt. All of a sudden, a beautifully red flower dropped from a branch on my camilia, too heavy a burden for the tree to carry.
As I was enjoying my coffee, I thought of the cloudy days in my life, those days when the burdens of whatever I am going through at that moment are too much to bear, when my flowers drop. For a moment and then some, I think of how selfish I am being, with so many in the world suffering significantly greater pains than I, people that I don’t know as well as people that I do. But I also acknowledge the fact that those feelings I feel and those thoughts that I have are very real feelings and very real thoughts. It’s ok to feel down. It’s ok to feel overwhelmed. It happens. It happens to all of us all the time. But I truly believe it’s not ok to let it keep us from living. Give your time of dying (whatever it may be that is keeping you down) its proper due, acknowledge it, give it respect and then move on.
When faced with my moments of sadness, I think about all the great things that are going on in my life. For those that are particularly morose, it’s not an easy exercise, but one that can truly be life-affirming and life-changing. We all have something good going on; it’s up to us to find it, acknowledge it, give it its proper due. (Sound familiar?) Cos we tend to dwell on the bad. Why not flip that paradigm and dwell on the good instead? It’s by no means belittling the hard things going on in our lives, it’s instead all about elevating the good things.
Much like my camilia tree, while one flower did indeed fall this morning, there were so many more good, beautiful flowers still holding strong on her branches. The good truly outweighed the bad.
All this just because a flower fell from its branch under a cloudy sky.
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