Breathe in the quiet of mist rising over the lake.
Feel the peacefulness of it.
Imagine the ice forming.
After the heavy winds blew earlier this week, the ice covers the Keweenaw Bay a little south of Carla’s Restaurant and stretches past the Whirl-i-gig on the eastern side of the bay.
As you head north, you see the mist rising above frigid waters. Ice will form in freezing temperatures as you sleep.
Snow rests beautifully in the evergreens.
Mid-winter spreads her cloak of pristine white.
Sunlight finally peeks through the clouds and bursts into blue skies everywhere. In December and January, we live in a gray world. Lake-effect snows and conditions shroud our world in muted shades.
But in February and March the sun resurrects and blue skies reappear! It’s a miracle. It’s something for which to feel gratitude on this day 24 of the gratitude challenge. Seven days to go before the 30-day Facebook gratitude challenge ends. It has been such a joy to share this experience with friends!
Yesterday, a friend of Kiah’s told her that she likes to look at my daily gratitudes on days when she is feeling blue. Another friend said she was inspired to start her own thankfulness practice. I like to read the gratitudes that other friends are posting. People share with them: “I like to read this.” “I will miss when you stop posting.” “Here is what I am grateful for today.”
It hasn’t always been easy to continue doing this for 30 days. There is so much you learn about yourself. You learn how to stick with a commitment even when your mind and feelings don’t want to post or even feel gratitude. Commitments teach us so much…
As for this fish, I could tell you a fish story. About how we stopped the car as we drove north yesterday and threw out a fishing line. Barry reeled in this blue fish made completely of ice! Amazing, isn’t it?
LOL…I’ll tell you the true story this weekend. Stay tuned. It’s going to get icier before the sun thaws anything.