I woke up today to sunshine and the world looked much brighter. My spirits lifted. It has been dark and rainy here is So Cal for weeks. We are not used to that. Yes, you can call us spoiled, but add that onto the social isolation and staying safe at home of the last month, the prognosis has been pretty sad.
But the sun has come out! I feel better even if I can't run to the mountains to see the snow from the recent storms. I can take a walk (wearing a mask of course) and I can work in my yard again. The air is fresh and clean. Not only because the rain washed it, but because traffic is minimal, planes are grounded and industry is limited. And just look at the random acts of kindness going on all around us!
Yes, I know this is collateral damage of a global pandemic, but I also know it is a wake up call for what we have done to our world. If we don't re-evaluate everything and start to change for the better, if we just go back to "normal", well, it will have been for naught. Wake up. Let the sunshine in. We can beat this.
I remember many years ago songs about that celebrated letting the sunshine in. Like Let the Sunshine In from Hair and You are My Sunshine from way way back. Sunshine on My Shoulders by John Denver, and of course Tomorrow from Annie. May these be our soundtrack for today. There is reason for hope.
Here are some versions of the above sounds that are worth a listen: