Winter in Utah is notorious for inversions.
Because we have mountains surrounding us, when the inversion happens, it often sticks around for days. It traps the pollutants in the air and they settle just above us.
When I woke up Saturday and couldn’t see beautiful mountains, my mood sank. Another day with no sun and dirty sky was not what I had in mind. Most of us don’t live where it is sunny all the time, and that lack of light can really get to a girl (or guy). My mood didn’t resemble depression or sadness. I was just mopey. Clearly this is not an attractive quality in a wife, because my husband insisted that I take a ride with him, right away.
I didn’t want to take a ride. I was too busy moping around. Mopey is defined as languishing, listless, droopy, or glum so you can understand why going for a ride seemed so challenging. After about 15 minutes of riding…
we rose above the inversion…
and drove into the light.
The clean air and sunny sky immediately took my mood from mopey to majestic. The sunlight made the snow glisten and the mountains basked in the warmth of the light. As we walked around the reservoir, we noticed lots of people there to soak in the scenery and a little vitamin D.
Some were there to talk a walk.
Some to enjoy the view.
And one was there for a little solitude.
When I thought about how easy it was to take action and turn my day around, I wondered why I resisted in the first place. So often we are in situations that could be remedied with a little action. Sometimes, just removing yourself from the scene for a little clarity is all it takes to move forward. Pay attention to the resistance and then move through it. If you can’t find your way, ask for help or accept it when someone offers. Usually, there are sunny skies on the other side.
Mark – You let me see the light and I love you for that.