My sister describes waking up on Monday morning like this: “So I rolled over and opened my eyes and saw the sun was shining. And I thought… ‘crap.'”
There are those mornings where I have to have a nice long conversation with myself to get out of bed. (Actually both amusing and disturbing come to think of it.) Today after my morning pep talk and routine, I got in the car to start the morning drive. There’s still just a little chill in the morning air in April, a veil of fog and clouded windows that I normally love. But today… today it just felt oppressive, gloomy like the overcast sky. A prevailing sense of restlessness that’s hard to describe until you’ve felt it.
But don’t worry… this isn’t an emo angst story after all. Because all through the day, I kept picking up on little things that made me grateful, or just happy. Things like…
- The gas station I pass in Plymouth with a flashing electronic sign that says “Gizzards! Livers! Clean Restrooms!” Which is kind of disgusting, but hey… gotta love the randomness of Middle-of-Nowhere Florida highways.
- Discovering new music by Sandra McCracken. Working on a review of her new album In Feast or Fallow, and these new old hymns do my soul good. It’s loveliness.
- Fresh coffee at work. It tastes so much better on the other side of Easter.
- The simple fact that I have work, and that it’s something I love that means more than a paycheck. So grateful.
- Seeing and giggling at the following nerdy bumper stickers on the way home:
5a) Library Punk
5b) Powered by Infinite Improbability Drive (same car as 5a. I want to be this girl’s friend.)
5c) WARNING: Invisible Dragon in Back Seat
I could go on. I really could. Funny how focusing on these little things makes life so much more doable, more meaningful, even when it doesn’t look it at 6:30 in the morning. I feel better already.
What makes you happy and grateful when skies are gray and motivates you to stop hitting the snooze?