Yes, just like any other flower needs water and sunshine to bloom, so too does the Blooming Orchid.
The past few days of minimal sunshine (as a result of the winter solstice and the rain showers going on 48 hours now) have really taken a toll on me. I feel myself growing grumpier by the minute. I'm sluggish and feel non-social. I want to go home and climb under the covers and hide there until Spring comes. I can't, of course, considering my two growing flowers need me and my job fully expects me to show up everyday and be productive.
I feel completely and totally blah. I've tried everything I can think of to make myself feel better, including continuing my healthy eating and exercise regiment. I go to bed at a reasonable hour and arise at a reasonable hour, giving myself enough time to get out of the house without rushing and risking killing myself and another innocent person. I wear brightly colored clothing. I apply makeup to my face each morning. I participate in activities that give me pleasure such as reading books and magazines, playing games with my flowers, going to movies, praying and journaling.
Nonetheless, I feel bleh today. I'm going to try and knock out 10 miles today on the recumbent bike. Perhaps working up a really good sweat and putting a few extra miles to bed will give me the mental boost I need.
This is where I am:
This is where I'd prefer to be:
January 2009 Gratitude Journal:
Thursday 1 January: Today I'm grateful for family and friends who are willing to make the long trek to my home to celebrate the New Year with us.
Friday 2 January: Today I'm grateful for the pretty light blue sweater I'm wearing thats bringing sunshine to a gloomy January day.
Saturday 3 January: Today I'm grateful for the love and laughter of my daughters - they really are my pride and joy.
Sunday 4 January: Today I'm grateful for God's everlasting mercy and grace. Without it, I shudder to think of where I'd be.
Monday 5 January: Today I'm grateful for weight loss and maintenance blogs that give me valuable information.
Tuesday 6 January: Today I'm grateful for good hand lotion. Constant hand washing and harsh soap have done a number on my skin.
Wednesday 7 January: Today I'm grateful for the anticipated arrival of Spring and the longer days and flowers it's sure to bring.