I wasn’t going to post today.
I’m having a melancholy day. It happens to me sometimes. Usually when things are racing along at too frantic of a pace or one of my teens is causing me internal angst, or it’s winter (sometimes all of the above). As is often the case with melancholy, it’s hard to pinpoint exactly the reasons…if any. I suspect SAD (seasonal affective disorder) may play a role, as well.
Silence and withdrawing are my tendencies on melancholy and high anxiety days.
The Thing about Silence.
The thing about silence is that sometimes it’s best to speak.
This space with my blog is to spread love and kindness, to share the beauty of the world through my words or my photos, but it’s also a place for me to process. A place to pour out the reality of me. I am often able to look through a lens of gratitude, to focus on the beauty, to remind myself that this too shall pass.
Then there are days when this process of growth on the journey is a little harder.
So today, I write.
After running some necessary (and semi-unnecessary…I discovered bathing suits are in stores …and I have an upcoming trip to Aruba) errands, I decided to pop on Facebook. My nephew’s birthday was yesterday and I had left a message over there. One of the things (and there are really only a few) I do like about that social media space is when it brings up past memories.
One of the memories that Facebook shared for today was actually an Instagram post from two years ago.
This one in fact:
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If we surrendered to earth's intelligence, we would rise up rooted, like trees. ~Rilke. For more about this pic check out my blog. Link is in bio. #nature #mothernature #virginia #roanoke #tree #trees #blueridge #winter #landscape #snow #snowstorm #outdoors #outside #quote #strength #growth #nikon #nofilter #simplicity
I wondered which blog post this was referencing. It was interesting that the post that I wrote on this day two years ago should be about silence. Not only, silence, but the silence brought about by a freshly fallen snow. If you saw my Silent Sunday post, then you know that my take on the weekly photo challenge theme of “silence“, was our most recent snow.
Sometimes I cringe when I read my older posts, but this one was a perfect read for my melancholy spirit. I thought I’d reblog it, but that button seems to have disappeared for the moment. If you’d like to read my post, Silence is Golden, just click on those words.
The post was a reminder to me to search for the beauty in the midst of chaos, to stay in awe and wonder at the gloriousness of it all, to smile along the journey…because this is life.
I hope it offers the same reminder for you.
Let your light shine!