The Power of Sunshine

Aug 26, 2011
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As the summer is winding near its end, we are reminded in little hints of outdoor pool closings and increasingly longer evenings. We hear school bells ringing and fewer birds singing. For me, it’s a time to grab on to as much sunshine as I can, so I may store it in my pocket for a time when I would need it most.

Each and every single day, there is a promise that the sun will rise and wake the world one time zone at a time. We can count on that sun, like an old friend to carry on with us another day. We can trust its warmth and unyielding expansive capabilities.

Yesterday, all the patrons at the outdoor pool—myself included—were lamenting the impending seasonal close later that evening. Because of that, I paid particular attention to the sunshine during my swim and how it was able to soak into the water and swirl around in its own unique dance of liquid freedom. I tuned into the warmth on my back, being reminded of familial-feeling hugs and soft smiles. It is that very sunshine that lets me know that everything is fine and good, and any distress or sadness can go by the wayside.

It is important to feel the sunshine whenever possible—to experience its dance, its trance, and its warm touch. Far too often, we find ourselves too busy to pay mind to the sun, let alone stop to appreciate its light. That sunshine is one of the greatest mothers that life can claim and whether swimming, biking, strolling, playing, or laying in it—the sunshine can always guide you on your way.

So, take a minute and enjoy the sun. Enjoy what is left of the summer and get outside. Close your eyes and let the warmth of the sun engulf you in comfort. Get active and use the sun as your very own stage.

Author: Ryan McLean