Friday, December 07, 2018

Up here vs. down there

Light is never too far away
Somewhere over Michigan
November 2018
This photo originally shared on Instagram
I rarely write about the weather. I suspect it's largely due to my reluctance to follow the crowd: Everybody whines about the weather, so I hardly feel like I'm contributing to the advancement of humanity by joining in.

But I'm going to make an exception today, because a (figurative) lightning bolt hit me while I was out walking the puppy this morning.

Here's the deal: It snowed last night. A lot. We get squalls off of Lake Huron, and the result is usually a ton of snow within a fairly narrow geographic band. We're lucky enough to live right in the middle of the so-called Snow Belt.

So the morning was spent hauling my sick, congested self out of bed so I could clear the snow, walk the dog and help get everyone out of the house before tucking my sorry self back into bed with a box of Kleenex, (tm) and a comforting mug of tea.

Every neighbor I saw this morning cursed the snow, often using words not appropriate for my innocent ears. The skies weren't helping - a cold, windy steel-grey that added to the foul mood below.

Yet after I took the dog out and watched her happily nose her way through the fresh powder, I thought about this pic, which I shot on my way south last month. Had I been on the ground that day, it would have been grey and miserable. Yet from 39,000 feet, it was brilliantly sunny for as far as the eye could see.

The lesson: How you choose to feel often depends on where you happen to be. And if you're stuck on the ground on a grey day, just imagine the view a few thousand feet up. It doesn't take much to change your perspective, now, does it?

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