This has been a long season and a cold season, both in weather and in life. It seemed to be even colder the past couple of weeks and I have been fighting to get out of the dark clouds The change of weather a couple of days ago made me bring out my Chacos (basically sandals but so much greater). If they would let me I would do a commercial for Chacos. I wore these things when I was in the Andes Mountains forging an unbreakable bond. When I wear them now they sometimes make me feel like I am still there. At times they still smell like I am still there, much to the displeasure of my wife.
The weather, however, fooled us unsuspecting souls once again and went back to being cold. Still, I was undeterred and kept wearing my Chacos, even in spite of my freezing feet and judgmental looks from others. And though my feet were cold, and though I could not change the weather around me, I chose to live like spring despite what the stupid groundhog says.
It is true that we cannot always change our circumstances but we can indeed change ourselves and how we choose to respond. Circumstances can rob us of everything dear to us except our choice. I want to choose the good, the right, the holy in my life even when my feelings and the world around me tell me otherwise.
It is amazing the difference in how I see the circumstances around me once I make a decision to see the beauty in all of this.