Sunday, January 4, 2009
Winds of Change
I took this on that day the winds were so strong. I was waiting to go over the Gwynn's Island bridge and zoomed in on these white caps. It was a most unusual day weather-wise.
I tend to be slightly negative and am easily pushed into a bad mood, where "pushed" is defined as "I tend towards foul until it is proven that there's something to be happy about." I wasn't born this way, certain things in my life have made me this way, and it's definitely become worse the older I get. I don't like it one bit.
One of the things I'd like to do this year is improve my attitude and be more positive. In other words, when I see insects taking over my house, I should embrace them and ask if there's anything I can do to help them move in, or make their stay more enjoyable. Or when it's May and my Christmas decorations are still up, I should view that not as a character flaw, but as an ardent desire to spread Christmas cheer to my neighborhood for months to come. Yes, I need to adopt more of a "glass is half-full" rather than the "dirty glass left on the coffee table lined with Baby Sister's lipstick is 100% empty, and why can't people clean up after themselves" outlook.
Below is a poem I stumbled across while rifling through my grandmother's old papers and magazines. It's appropriate for this time of year when we're making resolutions and trying to improve ourselves. Remind me to come back and read this whenever I start complaining about something, which will probably be tomorrow.
How often we wish for another chance
To make a fresh beginning,
A chance to blot out our mistakes
And change failure into winning--
And it does not take a new year
To make a brand-new start,
It only takes the deep desire
To try with all our heart
To live a little better
And to always be forgiving
And to add a little "sunshine"
To the world in which we're living--
So never give up in despair
And think that you are through,
For there's always a tomorrow
And a chance to start anew.
-Helen Steiner Rice