“The earth laughs in flowers.” e.e. cummings
Back in the 70’s, I was enamored by the faddish mood rings. Whenever I put one on, though, I found it often turned a shade of gray or black. At the time, I was horrified because as a sixth-grader, I wanted others to see me as passionate. Of course now I know the reason. My hands were almost always icy cold in the wintertime at our school. I would see people working on the school furnace, but it seemed that none of it was piped down to Mrs. Blalock’s room. Unfortunately, the mood ring didn’t reflect the idiom, “Cold hands–warm heart.”
Our moods come in many colors, but if we’re seeing too much black, perhaps we haven’t taken time to enjoy nature’s design. Think to yourself, what did I notice on the way to work today? If it was the changing colors of nature, the details in a leaf, or the shape of a mountain, chances are that our mood ring would show a vibrant or a dark blue. In mood ring language, that may mean relaxed or even passionate.
Do we often find ourselves so busy that we run out the door without noticing the weather, the flowers, or anything about the nature around us? If so, it’s time for a change of pace.
Stop and smell the roses. That song was written for a reason. When we are too busy, we fail to notice the miracles all around us, and we forget to count our blessings.
Just dance. Lady Ga Ga might be a little strange, but she does understand the value of a bit of exercise. In a gym or wherever you enjoy working it out is just fine, but I like exercising in the park. With nature all around, I can’t help but give thanks for God’s natural wonders.
Come together. I love to spend time with a friend over a cup of coffee. It’s even more fun if that person is passionate about life. There are some people I love being around. When I leave them, I usually leave with a smile.
The next time we find ourselves stuck on black, let’s get out and enjoy the natural songs of nature and of friends.
What do you do when you’re in a bad mood?