……………. but it pours. Have you heard that saying? ….. Or :- “It never rains in southern California” (with thanks to Albert Hammond). Here in Western Australia it is winter. No snow for us, even frosts are unusual, but what winter does bring is rain. This is always welcome but I sometimes wish (as I suspect do most WA folk) that our rain would not all come in one season (well most anyway).
We have long, hot summers which are gorgeous if you like the heat and constant sunshine, and perfect if you are a surfer. However if you are a gardener it can be a trying time, so water has to be saved from the winters for the warmer days. A little better spread would be lovely, but that’s just the way it is here.
It got me thinking about the seasons. They come and go. It is one year ago since my diagnosis, one Christmas ago, one Easter ago, one birthday ago. Summer turned to Autumn, then to Winter. Spring will be welcomed, and then we will be back into summer again and the cycle will repeat itself. This is the way of the world. The sun reappears each morning and disappears each evening. This is marked often by beautiful sunrises and sunsets (if we are lucky with the atmospheric conditions), and warms the heart whatever time of the year it is.
The cycle of life rolls on irrespective of our situation, our time of life, our health and our level of happiness. I have often heard it said that living only in the moment is the vital ingredient to happiness, and appreciating the world around us is the key to this. As I have grown older, and particularly as my health has deteriorated, I now begin to understand this. As age and ill health creeps up one begins to wonder ……….
How many Christmases left? How many summers will I see? How many rainy winters are left for me? As I feel good at the moment I like to think that the answer to these questions will be in double figures and maybe more, but realistically my future is unpredictable, and possibly shorter than I would wish.
So ……… each rainy day is appreciated, every sunset is loved, every spring, and every flower it brings on creates a warmth in the heart. The turning of the leaves in Autumn has it’s own beauty too. I will celebrate my birthday this year with something special, and I will look forward excitedly to my wife’s birthday in November. I will cherish Christmas……… and I will wish for many more.
Appreciating the now and the world around you is surely the way to happiness.