“Sunshine on my shoulders makes me happy
Sunshine in my eyes can make me cry
Sunshine on the water looks so lovely
Sunshine almost all the time makes me high
Sunshine almost always” – John Denver
I woke up to blue skies and sunshine in my little corner of the Rocky Mountains this morning and it makes me happy. And it made me think of my Mom who loved John Denver and played his songs on 45″ records repeatedly until us kids would roll our eyes and say “not again”. But I know the words to those songs by heart and they come back to me now as I hum this tune and look out my window at the mountains framed by blue skies and sunshine. I have a little cry because it’s OK and I feel like it and it makes me happy to release some emotion.
It’s a great way to greet the new day and start the weekend with hope for Spring that somehow seems to be in sight, much closer today than it was with rain, snow and ice just yesterday.
As an aside: I was introduced to a woman recovering from stroke while I was at the gym the other day. She said “sometimes I cry for no reason”. I said “that’s OK – its a side effect of your stroke. Its called emotional lability (at least that’s what I was told) and its OK.”
Being conscious of my posture was hard yesterday. I paused many times to check-in with myself and do a correction. Today is wine Friday. It’s the one day of the week that I allow myself one, perhaps two glasses of a good wine later in the afternoon. That’s a little bit of awesome to look forward to. Not quite as awesome as Ellen Degeneres doing tequilla shots with Rob Lowe mid-afternoon.
I’m starting my day late at this point I have yoga to do and since Sarah is on vacation, I need to be diligent with the home exercise program she gave me a couple of months ago.