Monthly Archives: October 2011

Sometimes Letting Go of the Light is Hard

The sun was at my back and my shadow was long. It was early in the evening, and the sun was on it’s way down. The changing of the seasons is in the air.

There was nothing particularly exciting about my stroll other then noticing the few brilliant colors painted on some tree leaves, and the balmy mid-70 degree temperatures in the month of October. I had Jim Brickman playing in my ears (I NEVER have Jim Brickman playing on a walk) and many thoughts going on in my head.

Going for walks always allows me time to reflect, even though I don’t often take advantage of the time to do that.  As many of you know, I wrote frequently about the struggles I had last winter with some health issues. The mass doses of Vitamin D that my doctor had me take initially and  discovering all over again the value of sunshine helped me on my way to healing and understanding the importance of ones thyroid and the outcome of Vitamin D deficiencies!

Last winter there was a heaviness that met me every day and it was all I could do to climb out of it, into the light of spring.

Quite frankly it is with great reluctance that I let go of these beautiful fall days that engulf us in warmth and the cheerfulness that  bright light can bring.  Perhaps I’m living off the memories of a very discouraging winter last year but I don’t want THIS to end.  My problem is I don’t always know how to make peace with the physical, environmental, and psychological coldness that winter blahness brings -  especially as I’m getting older!

But, the optimistic side of me feels that if the good Lord made me, and He create the seasons, that the two things can function together and somehow (with His help) I’ll muddle through this, because there’s a bunch of us that will be in this together - right?

So I think I will choose to embrace these remaining summer-like fall days whenever they happen, continue to take my vitamin D, and perhaps buy a light box to off set any grumpy, depressing feelings that a new winter season can bring.

I will leave you with this Irish blessing:

May God grant you always…a sunbeam to warm you, a moonbeam to charm you, a sheltering Angel so nothing can harm you. Laughter to cheer you. Faithful friends near you. And whenever you pray, Heaven to hear you.

A Harvest Full of Healthy Eating

It’s that time of year, in beautiful West Michigan where the smell of apple pies cooking in ovens bring back wonderful Fall memories. Ahh….Fall. Actually I tend to go into the Fall season kicking and screaming just because I know what Season follows and I’m never ready to settle in for the Winter.  In the meantime, I will try to enjoy the abundance of harvest and all those delicious apples.

Apples are not only low in calories, inexpensive, and a great source of fiber, but they can help to lower cholesterol too.  Research from the University of Iowa suggest NOT to peel them though as the skin may help build muscle and reduce blood-sugar levels. Who knew!

I happen to love a sliced apple with peanut butter thinly spread on it. What are some of the ways that you enjoy apples?

Like Sand Through the Hourglass, So Are the Days of Our Lives

After a very wicked storm the other day a beautiful rainbow caught my attention while I was bustling around the kitchen.  A rainbow is one of those things that demands reverence, and for a split second I found myself respecting nature, pausing to enjoy it’s massive majesty, and taking the time to consume it with my eyes.  And then, as if to get the cobwebs out of my mind, I shook my head and snapped out of my awe to get back to the “must do’s” of the day.

My little rainbow experience got me thinking about the fragility of life and all those things that we don’t take the time to do.  Especially with others.

We’re so stinking busy that if the phone rings, or we hear a rap on the door, or voices coming down the hall, we cringe about the time it might take to interact. We spend our days trying to be effective and efficient but we miss opportunities to connect with others.  It is usually only after we hear sad or bad news about someone that we say “…gosh, I never knew he was that sick…..or they were having problems……or that happened to their child….or she was struggling that way”.  If we’re honest with ourselves, we push people away all the time, we just don‘t think of it in that way.

The question I pose to you today is, what connections or rainbows have you been missing? What have you not been taking the time (if only a second) to just stop and enjoy?

Are You Getting Enough Sleep?

Turn the day off and get to sleep!  According to a study in the  American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, sleeping boosts brainpower and cuts risk of heart disease.

And this might be of interest to all of you who are always trying to fire up our metabolism, but NOT sleeping enough can slow your metabolism.

So, if sleeping helps my brain, helps my heart, and helps my metabolism then I must bid you farewell and get some shut-eye right now!