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Make The Most Of Sunny Skies While They Are Here

Updated on February 26, 2012
Blue skies.
Blue skies. | Source


This morning I woke up to blue sky here in Victoria, BC, Canada. It is late February, which means a higher chance of clouds and rain than sunshine.

I was happy.

I looked out my patio window and smiled at the sky. I thought, great weather for me to go for a walk outside today.

I got on my computer to read a few blogs and then I ate breakfast. My morning routine. After breakfast, I returned to the computer to read my emails, sorting according to priority and searching for any urgent messages. I even sent a friend a message saying "Blue skies here, I will go for a walk soon." I believe I added a happy face too.

I Looked Outside And...

I looked out the window of my office as I debated which email to read next. I looked twice.

The sky had changed drastically. Blue sky was replaced by clouds and - what was this white stuff falling from the sky? Yes, you guessed it. Snow!

Snow. | Source
The emails can wait.
The emails can wait. | Source

I Missed My Chance.

I had not watched the weather forecast the last few days.

I was out of the weather loop, if there is a loop to be joined. I'm sure there is a related Facebook group.

I was not even out of my pyjamas at this point in the late morning. My heart dropped. While I could still go for a walk, the exercise would now be under darkened skies and snow rather than sunshine.

I had missed my chance to go for a walk in the sun.

I looked back at my morning. What had been my priority? Why had I missed my chance to engage with the blue sky?

Ah yes, email. Computer time. Facebook chats.

The number of sent messages this morning came flooding to my mind. The sun did not return like these memories.

A Reminder

I was reminded at that point to make the most of the present moment. I was reminded to make the most of the blue skies while they are here.

The emails can wait. Facebook, yes that too can wait. While the comments about quotes may seem pressing at the time, those comments will still be in my notifications box when I sign onto the web-page again in a few hours.

The emails that are not urgent can also wait. My friends know I am busy and they understand if it takes me a few extra hours to respond electronically.


I refocused.

Exercise is important, as is fresh air. Besides, the break from the computer will do me good.

The next time there is blue sky I will not miss it. I'll enjoy my walk and smile. I hope you also enjoy the outdoors on a sunny day. Don't miss out on the sun as you never know when the sky will change its tune.

Do You...

Do You Ever Prioritize Personal Emails Over Blue Skies?

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    • ChristyWrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      @Tony, thank-you for the compliments on my writing. This hub was one of my earlier ones and it is nice to see it have a new read :)

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      Tony Mead 

      6 years ago from Yorkshire


      I like your first person dialogue style, I try to use it for my recipe pages.

      It easy to head for the PC first and forget about the real world. I must say that usually I get out first, simply because my studio is out in the garden.

      I enjoy painting skies, especially when they are filled with drama and clouds that have character.

      nice hub all the votes up.

      regards Tony

    • ChristyWrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      @Brian, I smile as I ready your comment. Make the most of your days and take those breaks. Thanks for the great comment.

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      Brian Slater 

      6 years ago from England

      hi Christy, there's a saying in the uk about good weather, it says "blink and you'll miss it" and how very true it is. It is all too easy to sit chatting on fb all day when the weather is suddenly looking good. I will keep this hub in mind next time I see the sun come out and shut my computer down and enjoy it. Great hub voted up :)

    • ChristyWrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I hear you Patti! Yes I left you a comment on a hub earlier today. Let's keep in touch :)

    • Patti Riggs Hale profile image

      Patti Riggs Hale 

      6 years ago from Burdette, Arkansas

      Sorry about that Christy! It was rather late last night when I got around to making that comment. I guess I got confused because I was reading Marc's comment before I posted. Besides, all Canadians look alike to me. ;-)

      Joke, I was joking. But if you do want to send me hatemail post it on one of my adsense accounts. I could use the ppv.

    • ChristyWrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Patti, I believe you have mixed up my writing with that of Marc. Wink wink this is Christy :) Remember to take care of your own needs as well as responding to others' messages. Your writing is important too my friend.

    • Patti Riggs Hale profile image

      Patti Riggs Hale 

      6 years ago from Burdette, Arkansas

      Great hub, Marc. I have a problem with letting my email box go unanswered but I am trying to break myself of that habit since it's beginning to take over my day! I thought I'd try a little something different today and get some writing done! But now I'm up late trying to respond to all my notices. Oh, and it was 70 degrees here today and yesterday and the day before. So,I can't take your advice about taking a walk when the sun is shining or else I'd never get anything done.

    • ChristyWrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Oh yes I have started to take photos MB but am caught up with other ideas at the moment. Thanks Marc for your comment and for all of your support!

    • Marc Babineau profile image

      Marc Babineau 

      6 years ago from Cornwall, Ontario, The Seaway City

      As the Spring weather approaches, especially where you live, we should all be outside in the early morning and late evening hours, at sunup and sundown, with camera in hand! A picture tells a thousand words, and that's at least 2 blogs!

      Great article, Christy!

    • ChristyWrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi Steve, thanks for making time to stop by and comment. Sunshine has a wonderful way of picking up our spirits!

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      Steve Mitchell 

      6 years ago from Cambridgeshire

      Christy, the weather is still a little unpredictable here also (UK). There is talk of high temperatures as high as the mid 80's F during Spring. In recent years the best of the sunshine and temperatures have been between March and June instead of May to September.Weird I know. It is always great to see the sunshine make an appearance and we should make the most of it, I agree. You can't beat sun on your back. Very nice hub Christy. Vote up and interesting.

    • ChristyWrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for the kind comments. I agree that even on colder days getting outside may be just what the doctor ordered. Hope the sunny skies appear for you soon!

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      6 years ago from Northeastern NY State, USA

      Wonderful hub to read. During those beautiful sunny days I too make the decision to shut down the computer and get outside; even in the winter when the days are cold I usually sit outside for at least 10 minutes. That Vit D and just the fresh air and warmth helps my outlook for the day.


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