Our lives and memories are overflowing with these tangible feelings. They make us who we have been, who we are and who we will be.
I am generally a very outgoing and joyful person. I believe in optimism and in loving and encouraging those around me. But- every now and then- I am overcome by a storm which clouds my heart and head, making it difficult to see the sun that shines so brightly in my life. I am not given a warning or time to prepare- the dark clouds just come.
And it may not be a fun and cheerful topic, but it is reality: we all experience these stormy seasons at some point during our lives. I want to remind anyone out there who may be weathering through a storm that every person has had a few gloomy clouds. Because we are exactly that: people.
We are human.
Life is messy.
The weather changes, but the sun does not.
See, that’s the thing about gray skies: they only stay around for a little while. And even though we can’t always see the sun, it never truly leaves our atmosphere.
You are not a person without sunshine. Actually, you are the sunshine.
We carry the bright warmth of the sun with us wherever we go- with or without the dark clouds.
It’s in your genuine smile as you walk down the street and wave to a perfect stranger.
It’s in your uncontrollably contagious laughter.
It’s in the light-hearted conversations you have with your friends and family.
It’s in the moments you forget the world is watching and you get lost in the beauty of life.
I could go on and on- because your radiance is everywhere. Being the light in someone else’s day does not have to be a big gesture, but it does involve you to be. By being who you are and sharing your joy with another person, you get the opportunity to break through those few gloomy clouds hovering over them for a moment. You get to remind them what sunshine looks like because your light brings out the light in others.
So. If you are walking through a season of gloominess and gray skies, I want you to know: you are not alone & that everyday you are being used to help brighten someone else’s life (whether you realize it or not). I challenge you to embrace this season. I challenge you to find a way to get some sunshine to break through your clouds. I challenge you to realize that experiencing light again is possible.
Gloomy days come and go but the sun is always there. Waiting. Hoping. Being bright and bold for you when you need it most.
Do not lose hope. Here comes the sun.