It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Chapter 11, Page 29, Book 18

I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars.

Og Mandino

Today I’m thankful for Light

Every moment of light and dark is a miracle.

Walt Whitman

There is no doubt about it, I was made for sunny days.  When darkness comes early and the light fades, so do I.    I am afflicted with seasonal affective disorder also called SAD.  It is sad for me that symptoms begin in fall and continue into the winter months. It saps my energy and makes me feel moody.  If I were a bear, I’d be happy then I could hibernate all winter long.  But life goes on and I try to cope.

Not only do I have a very low energy level, all I want to do is sleep.  It’s like my body’s internal clock has slowed down and needs winding up.

When we have sunny days, I’m always happier and more energetic, even when it’s cold outside.  So I wear colorful clothing, turn on the lights and play some music to try and push off the feelings I get without much daylight and very little sunshine.

Truth is life as we know it would not be possible with out the heat and light of the sun. It’s probably why people like to go south for the winter.  The closer to the equator you are, the more sunny days, you’ll have.  The sun gives us our best supply of Vitamin D which is why they call it the Sunshine vitamin, so I’ve started to take a daily supplement.  We can get it from the food we eat too.  Canned tuna is an excellent source and readily available.  And almost all types of cow’s milk are fortified with Vitamin D. Eggs are a convenient way to get it too.  No matter what time of year, I try to include these things in my diet.

The good news is that the first day of winter isn’t very far off and then the days will begin to grow longer one minute at a time.  There is a light at the end of my tunnel.  Spring will come again.

When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength.  Give thanks for your food and the joy of living.  If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself.



I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Remember: No matter the weather, always make your own sunshine !

jack69 said...

I am smiling, you must be Sherry's sister. She was built for warm sunny days also. LOL We have actually been cold here in Central Florida for a couple days. Sherry's sweater and coat comes out. But we are blessed. It will only be for a few days then back to the 70-80s.
Anyway this was a good true read, shorter days do sap your energy and Sunlight does brighten EVERYONE'S spirits.

BUT we do have Christmas just around the corner...
Love from a cool Florida
Sherry & jack

betty said...

I'm like you, Ma. I like sunny bright days. Today it is a bit cloudy here. Hoping the sun makes an appearance sometime today. When we were at my relative's wedding this past September, we reacquainted ourselves with some of my cousins. I found out several are snow birds down to Florida and others would like to be too to avoid the cold dreary Pennsylvania winters.


Mevely317 said...

Even a year ago I might not have admitted it … but yes, I've recently felt the effects of SAD. Situated so near to the Eastern Time zone border, I've been turning on our lights by 4:00 each afternoon. Then again, my afternoon naps have never felt more luxurious!

Chatty Crone said...

I don't think I am effected with SAD - but I do like sunny days. It can be cold, but it there is sun it doesn't matter.
One think about Georgia it has a lot of sunny days.
You get get a lot of sunny days this year too.


i am sorry to hear you suffer from SAD. my daughter does too. and it is no picnic thats for sure. i too like the warm spring days.