I woke up to a beautiful sunny morning; no wind and lots of birds chirping in the trees. God has created such beauty all over the world, and Alaska has scenes of grandeur around most every corner here. I am fortunate to live where I do.
My sister Kotya called me last night, she wanted to be sure I was okay and not depressed. My writing can sound as though I am depressed. My other younger sister Ruth talked to me on the phone and she said I sounded depressed. No. I am not really depressed. I get depressed waiting for Mil, but in general I am not depressed unless I am not seeing it. I get tired, I get headaches, I have aches and pains that maybe they are hearing too? Not any different than anyone else.
I have always been a quiet person. I observe a lot. I read an article Dorcas Smucker of Life In A Shoe had a link to on her blog Caring for your Introvert. I believe that I have introvert tendencies. I guess that is okay to say, ha! Jonathan Rauch wrote "it is probably due to our lack of small talk, a lack that extroverts often mistake for disdain" that introverts may be considered arrogant. It's not true here, I am just quiet and I am not depressed. I do get annoyed about things, especially things that are said. But, most of the time I can say that others are probably having a bad day then I give them the benefit of the doubt and go on.
I hope you have as beautiful a day as the one I woke up to today.
"It is good to let a little sunshine out as well as in."
"The flower that follows the sun does so even in cloudy days."
"Activity and sadness are incompatible."
And here is the excellent verse my sister shared with me last night:
Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. Philippians 4:8.
That verse taken from the New American Standard Bible version is where I got the abbreviated form to remember the verse. THRPLGEW.
T - true
H - honorable
R - right
P - pure
L - lovely
G - good repute
E - excellence
W - worthy of praise
Translations (going from Arabic, Hebrew, Greek, or whatever - to English) are always just a bit different but they all pretty much say the same thing.
Thanks for caring Kotya! HUGs