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Grey Days, Great Days

Updated on June 30, 2017

Weather-wise there are grey days...


Grey Days, Great Days

Where I live in the Rocky Mountains the days have an unpredictable history with few days that I would describe as "just a normal day."

This is especially true of the month of June. One June day can be 99 F. It can be followed by the snow showers, sunshine, wind, rain, and frost days which all appear in June with its grey days and its great days.

While each day's physical aspects can vary so greatly from one day to the next, our days can also vary in more important ways.

It seems rare when we come to know a person who is always sunny, and never frosty, stormy, or in uncontrollable tears.

One such person I know has this displayed in her kitchen: "We make our own days sunny and bright, or doomy and gloomy. I opt for sunny and bright every day."

Another simply has this displayed: "Turn that frown upside down."

Do such expressions have a ring of truth to you?

Others can create problems for us, but we create our own attitude and how we react.

A plastic surgeon and his surgical team were in the process of restoring a young boy's face following injuries the boy sustained in a tragic traffic accident. Suddenly and without any warning the boy died. None of the surgeon's efforts to revive the boy had any effect.

When the surgeon spoke to the praying mother, he had tears in his eyes.

The mother understood his remorse but told the surgeon, "Don't you realize that he will now see God with a perfect face?"

Could you and I somehow turn such a sad moment into one of hope and faith so as to comfort another person in our own moment of loss?

Each life has its own moments of joy and sadness, triumph and failure, personal satisfaction and perceived criticism. even of danger and serenity.

We can be like Pavlov's dog, conditioned to react to outside stimulus, or resolve to see what others see as "doomy and gloomy days" see, as nothing other than the sunny and bright days we choose to make them.

Each day, regardless of its changing weather, is a day of 24 hours we can sculpt for ourselves.

In daily life there are opposites for everything.

Some of us will react with ups and downs depending on the weather.

Others, perhaps just a few, will see each day as 24 hours of new opportunities to learn from, grow from, and smile about as we live them.

That same choice is ours to make for ourselves.

and Great Days.



Copyright 2017 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.


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      Tamara Moore 

      3 years ago

      Lovely words you have here; yes, our attitude is much of the reason for the bleak, or sunny season. Nice pictures, too. Thank you!

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      Demas W Jasper 

      3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      I sure wish you three will stop by one day soon. I know we have a lot in common.

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      Eric Dierker 

      3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I just did some time up at Park City and Alta and Snowbird up your way. Just a little bit of brine shrimping in you great country. I lost my bid for downhill for the Olympics there.

      You must continue with this amazing description of your love for the best of Utah.

      In a broken down Volkswagen bug I am with you.

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      3 years ago from london

      This is a beautiful piece Bro. I commend you for this. Carry on!

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      Lori Colbo 

      3 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      I thought this was going to be a poem. But I loved this. Your friend is right, for the most part we choose (whether we realize it or not) our attitude and reactions and responses to daily events. I felt so bad when you shared the story of the boy in surgery.

      Good job.


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