Sunshine

 

Good Morning, Sunshine’s!

That was  my morning greeting for years.

I used it at work, often. As an office manager, when I arrived at work early in the mornings, as a part time bank teller, arriving early to unlock and check out the building so my partner and I could start the day, as a sales team  leader preparing to work a special event with my team… it was how I could express my enthusiasm for the day ahead.  natalia-luchanko-143031-unsplash

Photo by Natalia Luchanko on Unsplash

To me, the people I hang with are sunshine for my day.  Whether it’s at work, church, play or running mundane errands about town. I love hearing about their world. The new recipes, the trips to fun places, the reactions they received from something they shared, what they learned new and how they shared a bit of themselves to the world around them.  You know, like rays of light stretching into my soul to help create a better me!

It’s important to be sunshine.  I realize on some day’s the rays seem a little less fierce and a little more invisible… but they are there, just the same. Flooding the earth with light and warmth. Providing a way to see the path ahead, the trail left behind and the roads on each side ( the one’s that offer opportunity).

On the days my rays are a little dull, I find reading, jumping around on one foot or petting Trixie a good way to brighten up.  It doesn’t take a lot to get happy, if you are dreaming in that direction. Putting a smile on your face and thinking you are happy, usually works.  I like to make a list of things for which I am grateful and then expressing that gratitude. Looking up, toward the Son is a great way to start!

Here’s my list of things for which I’m grateful. Feel free to start your own, right here!

Sunshine is important in every phase of life.  We grow plants in the sun that provide food and beauty. We see the mirroring effects of the warmth hitting the cool water and feel it’s heat on our skin as we soak up every ray possible during our day out at the park or the lake. The warmth from the sun provides energy for power and physical fitness. Sunshine is our hope for a bright future.

So today, I see the sun peeking out as it’s almost daylight. The energy of the sunshine is contagious as I hear the birds begin to sing, the dog is stretching and preparing to hit the door to request permission to exit to the sun.  The morning glories are preparing to “glory” and the coffee is hot.

“Good Morning, Sunshine’!”  It’s a day to enjoy the benefits of the sun. Grab your SPF, drink up some water and come join me on the patio. Need my ideas?  Drop me a note!

It’s all about living better and it’s going to be a warm and beautiful day. Don’t forget to spread some sunshine.

Lunch

The last two days have been a tad unusual, and totally joyful.  Lots of driving to accomplish this joy, and I like that, too.

On these days, I met girlfriends for lunch.

Before leaving, I chose my outfit carefully, applied by longest lasting lip stain and looked for any jewelry that would pay homage to our past.

Yep, I drove 60 miles on one day and 80 miles the next… one way. To have lunch. It’s not really about lunch. It’s about the girlfriends. The laughs, the reminiscing, the fun and laughter at each others expense.  Each “lunch” lasted 2 to 4 hours. Can you imagine if we all took long lunches everyday?  Again, it’s not about the food. It’s about the girlfriends.

I am reminded how I used to love to be with them on a regular basis.  I know them all from different places and different circumstances. We have lots of things in common. All of have a  firm belief in God and feel free identifying that belief by name-unapologetically.

We all love music, either listening, making it or moving to it.  We all love food… it appears we love it a lot!  We all like wine, mostly red.  And, we all love to talk at the same time, sometimes lovingly across each other.  Fun!

Girlfriend picture
Photo by: Vonecia Carswell, it’s the girlfriends that make the drive worth the effort.

Photo by Vonecia Carswell on Unsplash  (thanks!)

I get to spend time driving to and from these events because I live further from Dallas. It’s a quiet time of a sort. Time to think about the coming meet up and the past days together. The future, the questions and their opinions I need.  Drive time is also talk to God time…for everyone’s travels, their needs and my guidance.

The trip home is best. Letting it sink in and taking time to savor the laughs, the concerns, the prayer requests, the grins and the plans for the next time.

I love having girlfriends. It’s fun to share and touching moments inspire a trust that only girlfriends can claim.  Who has time to eat?  It’s about the relationships. It’s about the love.

I can’t wait for the next one. Let me think… who is 60 miles away?   I need a decent drive. Chica, I’m headed your way!