TGIF – Thanks for the Sun!



sun shining on tulips
sun shining on tulips

Ah, the sun shining is such a gift!  Even though I am grateful for the moisture we have been receiving, the cloudy days and snow in April do nothing to warm my spirits.

Slowly, as the sun starts to awaken the tulips in our yard, my energy is returning, and my gratitude for the warmth and light spreads into all that I am doing.  Even my walking has a lightness in step compared to  trodding through the snow.

To celebrate the sun, I am sharing a poem from Mary Oliver, our family’s favorite poet.  May the sun and spring warm you back into a place of celebration for life!

How does sunshine make a difference in your day?


Why I Wake Early

by Mary Oliver


Hello, sun in my face,

Hello, you who make the morning

and spread it over the fields

and into the faces of the tulips

and the nodding morning glories,

and into the windows of, even, the

miserable and the crotchety-


best preacher that ever was,

dear star, that just happens

to be where you are in the universe

to keep us from ever-darkness,

to ease us with warm touching,

to hold us in the great hands of light–

good morning, good morning, good morning.


Watch now, how I start the day

in happiness, in kindness.