Sun & Snow

Colorado weather. I look out the window and the sunshine is reflecting off my studio windows with a bright intensity that happens in this high altitude and azure blue skies. The problem is, well not really a problem, but the anomaly is that it is snowing at the same time. Kind of like life. At the same time we are mired in problems, we sometimes forget we are still blessed. Forgetting to count those blessings is when I find myself slipping out of the positive and into the negative. So, how does a person find harmony, keep positive, stay in balance?


We all need to vent; we all need support; we all have good days and bad days and days that aren’t really bad but they don’t go how we want and we get frustrated. Breathe deep. Pick up a piece of paper and write down three things you want to happen in your life, post them in a place you will see every day, then write down six things that are good or sweet or funny. For instance, this morning I could write down the fact that in the worst Miller-moth season I have ever experienced, the robins come each day and eat the dead moths I sweep out the garage door. The robins are fat and happy and a joy to watch, the only bright side to the moth invasion.

As I recover from one loss, I see my sister losing her ability to walk. I know there is more to come. The hard part is preparing for what is coming; even talking about what is coming is difficult. I want to dwell on the good things, the robins outside, my grandchildren, the new house my kids are building, but there is another reality looming, a snowstorm on my sunny day. Life is coming. Remember that snow is good moisture. If you have a positive attitude you can help someone else have a positive moment and what a blessing you will be.

About Barbara K Tyner

A graduate of UCCS with a degree in English Lit., Barbara writes Children's Literature as well as mainstream fiction. Her popular children's series, The Badger Books, is co-authored with Barbara's daughter, Laura. Her first novel, "Wait Here, Wait There" deals with grief and Alzheimer's. Her second novel, Rhyaden, a middle grade fantasy released Nov. 2018. Gardening, exploring National Parks, Kayaking, hiking, and snow-shoeing top her list of favorite hobbies.
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