As a lifelong teacher, I always taught my students the value of nature, like daylight, sunshine,trees, and the relaxed beauty of darkness. (We even gave names to construction paper like sunshine for yellow, daylight for white, topsoil for brown, and darkness for black.) This emphasized the specialness of the contributions of each type of diversity which we encounter in our daily lives.
One day it suddenly started a late spring downpour though the sun was still shining brightly. One child noticed steam rising from the well-heated road surface. Another blurted out joyfully, “Look, it’s Sunshine Rain!”
I learned a lot from that gal. Since then I’ve always called special unexpected moments, good or bad, Sunshine Rain. It helps me remember to find the blessings and beauty in whatever mixed events a day may bring.
From my many years teaching school I learned even more tidbits:
- A smile is the best makeup.
- Daylight is my coffee.
- Show up for life every morning.
- Even grownups need a lullaby at times.
- Sometimes there can be 2 or even more answers to life’s multiple choice questions. For example professor said I must choose ONE area to write about. I chose 5!
- The satisfied sighs in the teacher’s lounge after giving it their best shot is like Norman Rockwell to my ear.
- Another word for “what if” is “next” so look out front for new adventures.
- Today is a fire drill for your future. Hold its lessons close.
- The human face has the power to bring hope and peace just by changing expressions. Give positivism to a world hungry for hope.
- On my resume: My most important credential is relationship and the psychiatry of friendship.
- Cherished possessions are to the soul like furniture is to a house. Yet we have the power to give up things when appropriate and still hold them in our memories!
- We can declare most days good days. Heck, in Texas we say, “It’s been a good day if I didn’t get a sharp stick in the eye and nothing ate me.”
- May this day attain for us all the emotional punctuation we need to embrace a new dawn. (And just like shampoo, rinse and repeat.)
Copyright 2016 by Hildra Tague. Obtain permission for use online or in print.