“…And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer…”
F. Scott Fitzgerald ~ The Great Gatsby
For some much needed inspiration – in my closet, and home! – I went to the thrift store the other morning, in hopes of finding some treasures. I found this cute kid’s vintage book (circa 1950s…for $.90!), a $5 skirt to wear for the next month, and a steal of a deal on a blazer that fits me now at 8 months pregnant and will fit me after. I didn’t give myself a ton of time there, which was probably for good reason…there were a lot of other things that I just may need to go back to “look at”… !!
I not only loved the fact that this vintage little book was in mint condition and oh-so-cute, but I was especially drawn to it’s title. It’s simple reminder to view the day as lovely [lovely: highly pleasing or enjoyable].
It may very well be because summer is right around the corner, or that I am getting proper rest now, or due to the fact that I am TOTALLY ecstatic that baby is only a month away(!), but each and every morning, I am being reminded that I have the opportunity to view the approaching day as a new beginning. In my eyes, lovely or not, it’s all in how I choose to undertake it.
Sometimes, we allow our life circumstances, tasks, disappointments, responsibilities, emotions, pains, etc. to cloud our ability to see and make fresh a new dawn. Before you know it, the day is gone and we haven’t been able to snap out of it. Being thankful is one way to overcome discouragement and charge it into a new perspective … as is realizing that God has promised us that we will experience new mercies each and every morning:
“…Sing praise to the Lord, all you who belong to Him. Give thanks to His holy name….Crying may last for a night, but joy comes with the new day…”
There’s nothing new about this message…quite honestly, in my own life, I’ve visited and revisited this thought time and time again. It’s merely another reminder for us not to lose sight and/or get stuck into thinking that we live in a desperate cycle of drab with no way out. Today, regardless of where you are physically, emotionally, or spiritually, you have the choice to see “the lovely” that’s right in front of you.
In Calgary, it’s not supposed to be the “most delightful” of days (weather-wise, forecasted rain, rain, rain) … but the way I see it,
It’s a Lovely Day.
pix pic: my “new” vintage find, Calgary, AB, 23.April.2012