Well, this is day six of cloudy, overcast, misty days. Unusual weather, unusual times.
Days like this used to make me sad; depressed, even. I would look out the window, see the clouds and a black cloud would cover my head. I let the weather dictate my mood! Ridiculous. I was soo good at letting the weather dictate how I felt that the doctor actually diagnosed me with a disease called “Seasonal Affective Disorder”. Imagine that. It is a very real thing. Some people, it seems, without sunshine do not produce the appropriate level of dopamine to stimulate serotonin and thus enhance their moods. And doctors have a solution….pills!
I was on those for a while — two years, in fact. And then one morning I woke up and sang a new tune to myself. I don’t like medication so I decided I wasn’t going to be sad any longer. I chose a new direction. But in order to do that I had to do a lot of research and I found out that exposure to daylight and/or exercise would have the same effect as the medication.
I began to force myself outside for at least 20 minutes a day — no matter what the weather was like. And as long as I was out there, I decided to take a walk. So I got 20 minutes of daylight AND 20 minutes of exercise at the same time. At the same time, I began weaning myself off of the medication. Guess what? It worked!
That was more than fifteen years ago and I have not had one day of S.A.D. since that time. I have discovered that I like the weather — no matter what it is! Some days are too hot to play outside for long, but that’s okay too. I like the rain, I like the sun, I like the cold, I like the hot, I like it all!
I wouldn’t say that I am always happy. Happiness is a fleeting thing — sparkly little moments in time. I would say I am content and peaceful, enjoying each day as it comes without the aid of medication.
So today, as I look at the window of day SIX of clouds and misty rain, I rejoice in the cool weather, the fall colors, and the beauty that can be seen because I’m not squinting into the sunshine!
Isn’t God good??