February: Long, Dull Days

Gray Skies

February can be a real downer. Even the fact that right smack-dab in the middle of the month we all get mushy and celebrate Valentine’s Day doesn’t really redeem it or change its overall dullness.

It is likely that February could be arbitrarily canceled and nothing but a loud cheer would greet the news. People might actually dance in the streets because February is often defined by day after day of gray skies that can color our disposition.

It is never our intention, but sometimes without even realizing it, our response to life is dictated by our environment or circumstances. Never is that more true than during the somber days of winter when the sun is locked inside a mausoleum of clouds.

We get discouraged or downright depressed about everything. We develop a long list of complaints against the world. The injustice and unfairness is magnified. We grumble and complain, seeing bleakness at every turn of the road.

The only thing on the planet that we have any real control over is our response to life. Remembering that ought to challenge us to not be so quick to embrace a gloomy outlook.

When we are sad or angry or frustrated, it is too convenient to blame outside forces; it is too easy to claim we possess no ability to change, rather than deal with what lies inside us. We should recognize that we are responsible for our responses. Ultimately we actually live the life we choose.

We make a choice when we react to February with negativity; we could just as easily choose to see each day of February—in fact every day we breathe—as sacred. If that view dominated our mindset it’d give gratitude and optimism an opportunity to flow regardless of how many desolate days got strung together.

When we choose to live in humble acknowledgement of who God is—our creator and sustainer—then each day takes on a sense of the miraculous.

Gratitude & Optimism

The only thing on the planet that we have any real control over is our response to life. Remembering that ought to challenge us to not be so quick to embrace a gloomy outlook.

When we are sad or angry or frustrated, it is too convenient to blame outside forces; it is too easy to claim we possess no ability to change, rather than deal with what lies inside us. We should recognize that we are responsible for our responses. Ultimately we actually live the life we choose.

We make a choice when we react to February with negativity; we could just as easily choose to see each day of February—in fact every day we breathe—as sacred. If that view dominated our mindset it’d give gratitude and optimism an opportunity to flow regardless of how many desolate days got strung together.

When we choose to live in humble acknowledgement of who God is—our creator and sustainer—then each day takes on a sense of the miraculous.

  "Look up, look up, seek 
   your Maker, 'fore Gabriel
   blows his horn . . ."
        ~Bob Dylan~ 
 

Look Up, Look Up

We are to look up and seek our Maker. A God-centric perspective is the only healthy way to live. God loves us and is actively at work in our lives. He is not on vacation or off hiding in some corner.

Like it or not, this side of eternity there is much mystery in the ways of God. Our brains can get tied into knots considering the whys and wherefores of Providence, but instead of squandering valuable time in debates that our finite minds cannot possibly fathom, we should submit to the fact that he is God and we are not.

Faith means recognizing what all of the intricacies of nature prove; the Creator of the universe is in our midst. He is involved in the rhythm of life. And his grace is available to everyone who chooses to believe him; his power to transform our hearts is continually unleashed within us when we take him at his word.

Can you see God's unfailing love in the simple pleasures of life?

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The earth is full of his unfailing love.

Given that, when anything—be it the winter doldrums or world events or family squabbles or health problems or financial stresses or frustrating computer glitches—urges us to regard the beauty of life through dark shades we should strive to number our blessings.

Taking constant joy in the simple pleasures is an antidote against the dreariness because it points us to the Giver of every gift.

Yes, God is faithful. We can trust his promises to be kept and his purposes to be good. How do we know? The sun came up this morning, didn’t it?

The sunrise each morning reminds us that God remains in charge. We ought to greet each sunrise—even those obscured by a concrete crypt of clouds—as a remembrance of God’s faithfulness.

That frame of reference gives us the tools to rise above the melancholia; even when the long, dull days of February threaten to drag us down into its mire.

“Look up, look up, seek your Maker, ‘fore Gabriel blows his horn . . .”

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RevLady 6 years ago from Lantana, Florida

You are right Ken,

Our thanks to God are really a celebration of life and all that makes it what it is. When we wake up in the morning, we pray a prayer of thanksgiving. We do not know if we are going to make it through the day but we thank God for our NOW. Whenever we praise God or give God recognition and acknowledgment, it is for the wonders and experience of life.

Having a wonderful sense of appreciation puts all our petty complaints and frustrations into perspective. All glory and praise to our Lord!

God bless you!

Forever His,


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

RevLady - Glad to see you here, especially when it's hot off the press. :>) Thank you for the affirming comments. Blessing to you.


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

Hi, it is snowing here in Dallas but as always the weather doesnt make me sad, your look out on life should always be positive, I like your hubs, they are inspirational, Maita


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Thank you, Malta. Blessings to you.


UlrikeGrace 6 years ago

Ken; this speaks right to my heart. God has teaching me to live IN Him, make HIM the circumstance of my life and I will be blessed for it in joy, confidence and security. The circumstances outside of God are merely temporal He isn't. Thanks for your thoughts and heart, we can't hear it enough.

Blessings Ulrike Grace


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

UlrikeGrace - I am glad it spoke to your heart. Thank you for stopping in & sharing. Much encouragement & blessings to you.


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Mystique1957 6 years ago from Caracas-Venezuela

Gratitude and Attitude in my life translate into my love for God, for who else can I be grateful for my life, my days, my health, my joy, my loved ones, my children? Just Him. The Greatest Giver of all times!

Very inspiring hub, Ken!

Thank you for sharing!

warm regards and blessings, my friend,

Al


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Mystique1957 - Thank for for your thoughtful comments. And for your strong words of affirmation. Very much appreciated. Peace & blessings to you.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

Ken, Great hub. You have a choice to be miserable or grateful as you can't be both at the same time. Keep your faith strong and life is so much better.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Thanks, Pamela. Appreciate your comments. You are exactly right. Keep the faith & keep it strong. Amen.


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Ann Nonymous 6 years ago from Virginia

Great hub...Very inspiring amidst all these snow days and spring fever/cabin fever feelings suppressed within me....!!! Love it, Ken!


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Thank you, Ann Nonymous. Glad you enjoyed it. Your comments are a real encouragement to me. Blessings to you.


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Timely 6 years ago from United States

Heads up Ken! 28 days in the month...conveniently separated evenly landing on the 14th. Valentine or none, the month is half over! Then comes March,,,,get ready to spring into April and overcome another birthday!

Choosing my attitude:)


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Well said, Timely. Thanks for the visit & for the good words.


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Micky Dee 6 years ago

Great hub! Great message! (Did the groundhog see its shadow?) Thanks


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Dave Mathews 6 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

Brother Ken, I don't know if it being February has anything to do with anything at all. For those of us who have to deal with all four seasons winter especially, from December to March is just a gloomy time of the year. There's cold and snow, and a great lack of sunlight, and warmth, and even for those of us born in this dreary season and climate, winter is difficult to deal with.

All anyone can do is to take one day at a time, one step at a time and try to enjoy the moment as much as one possibly can.

Sincerely,

Brother Dave.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Mickey Dee - Thank you. Yes, I think the groundhog did see his shadow.

Dave - You're right. For me, likely for very personal reasons, February is when the accumulation of long, dull days comes to a head. One step, one moment, one day at a time is always a good way to proceed.


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50 Caliber 6 years ago from Arizona

Ken, Sir! you have again spoken in a true manner of being grateful for the works of a magnificent designer of the world we temporarily live on our way to another place of eternity.

Arizona Is quite beautiful in February. It is fore cast to be sunny and in the mid 70* range. It is the time of year God puts on his display of brilliant thunder and lightening shows in our sky as cold and warm fronts collide. They are quite awesome. I accept all the displays of this type with glee as they touch me with their beauty. As always the things of this world are spread across it by location and for those who have not seen my desert view I would recommend it during a time such as February.

Much Love and Blessings as I enjoy our gatherings of message and reflection. Dusty


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Cari Jean 6 years ago from Bismarck, ND

It is hard to be positive sometimes when it is so cold and gloomy outside - January is my worst month. But we shouldn't let these external forces affect our internal peace. Thanks again for a great, thought-provoking hub.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Dusty - Thank you for the visit. I always enjoy reading your comments. Creation is a vast array of beauty. I hope to see Arizona again & next time I'll aim to be there in February. Sounds lovely. Blessings to you.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Cari Jean - Good to see you. String enough of those gray days together & it can be difficult to stay positive, but as I have said before, taking all the variables into consideration, life is marvelous. Peace, blessings & sunny days to you. :>)


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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas

Great hub Ken. I do thank God for everyday that I wake up in the morning and for the sunny days of February as well. Thanks for reminding us whats important and what isn't.


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

I love February, Ken. I think it is great. Of course, I think each and every day is great. :D


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

ladyjane - Thanks. I'm glad you enjoyed it. Blessings to you.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

James - Good to see you, man. Glad you love February. And you're right, every day is a great. Take care.


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JetterV7 6 years ago from Angola, IN

Great hub again Ken. I actually start a count down for Spring in September (just for fun). Others seem to get a kick out of it. I also find it a time to get even deeper into prayer and worship.

God Bless.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

JetterV7 - Thank you. I usually don't start my countdown until January. Peace & blessings to you.


coffeesnob 6 years ago

Ken, good thought and inspiring. I have two huge reasons to love February. (1) My first Grandchild, soon to be 11, was born in Feb. and my beautiful daughter-in-law was also born in Feb. Both are rays of sunshine in these Ozarks "dull days" :-)


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Thanks, coffeesnob. A grandchild born in February changes everything. :>) Blessings to you.


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Dao Hoa 6 years ago

It is an inspiring hub.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Dao Hoa - Thank you for the visit.


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50 Caliber 6 years ago from Arizona

Ken I forgot to mention, since you are a music man, my first thoughts were of McCleans,"February made me shiver with every paper I'd deliver" and you know the rest, I believe you used it in a prior hub....


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A M Werner 6 years ago from West Allis

Ken, take constant joy in the simple is that ability to abide in your faith, to see beyond what you see and feel. Here in Wisconsin we know February will bring the most snow and most cold, but it also brings the most crystalline beauty one can imagine when the ice is hanging off the trees on a bright clear, frosty morning sun rise. That is as magical as any other day - just simply beautiful. Peace.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Dusty - Yeah, that one comes to mind pretty quick for me. And you're right, I did use it in a prior hub.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

AM - Yes, you are correct. There is a crystalline beauty on a frost or snow covered morning. Simple pleasures of God's gifts. Amen. Blessings.


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Heavensgates 6 years ago

I am so glad that I was led to look at my 'fans' and I stopped on you to see what you had to say. God led me to your hub Ken. It cheered me up! Thanks for being faithful and for the reminder. And Feb is the month of my Bday too. God is Good, we can make it through these gloomy days, although I live in the sunshine state, it has its share of dark days during this month. No Cymbalta for me! Hahaha, just a refreshing of his word and a couple of times reading your hub. Smile, the joy of the Lord is our strength. I just love it!!!


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Heavensgates - Glad you stopped in & were encouraged. Happy birthday to you. Peace & blessings.


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sunflowerbucky 6 years ago from Small Town, USA

Love this hub! I wrote about this topic myself recently in my hub "Got Perspective". It really is easy to lose yourself in your environment and choose not to own your decisions. Great job as always Ken!


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

sunflowerbucky - Thank you. Glad you enjoyed it. I'm heading over to read "Got Perspective". Take care.


heather56 6 years ago

Thanks for making me focus on what is important. This has been a dismal February in sunny Florida, however, your hub has reminded me of what is truly worthwhile.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

heather56 - You're welcome. Thanks for stopping in & I'm glad you enjoyed the hub. Blessings to you.


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dahoglund 6 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

by rights we should look forward to every new day as special but I still hate the cold and shoveling snow.I look forward to Spring and fall as nice weather and lovely scenery although, last year they have not lived up to standard. But that, I know, is mu fault for not haveing a better attitude.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

dahoglund - Good words. The snow can be lovely to look at, but its no fun shoveling the stuff.


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figment 6 years ago from Texas

Beautiful Hub. Thanks for writing. I enjoyed reading it


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

figment - Thank you. Glad you enjoyed it.

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