Gulf Shores

Gulf Shores
Photographer Patricia Gulick

Saturday, January 24, 2015

1/24/15 RMB Returning “hello”

1/24/15 RMB Returning “hello”

Dear Rita Mae Brown,

“If you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” Many days slip by without written words of fiction or in RMB letters. I found I was focusing, as people often do, on the negative. An injustice here or there sparked me to step up on my soapbox, to point out a positive or send out a wish for something better.  

As I eased on the brake, I came to ponder, what did I miss? Were the sunrises not spectacular enough to bear witness?  Must the drive of human nature wrestle with something in order to find value in anything? What of the treasures that lay before us in plain site? Does the ease with which they appear dull their magnificence?

Today the sun rose, silently lighting our day, awakening eyes to color and minds to activity. My old friend greeted me gently. And, for once, I noticed enough to return the “hello”.

Today, the words flow with appreciation for the wonders that surround us. Humbly recognizing the power in that ability, I give special thanks to my friend for the reminder and, of course, for lighting my day.

May the sun shine upon you,


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