As the wind whips through the air, and the rain drops sideways, I think about the symbolism of it all.
We have just come through a volatile, highly charged, emotional election.
We are in the midst of a deadly pandemic which has created more economic, employment and health care challenges beyond our belief.
We have had to totally disrupt, change, adjust and adapt to new ways of doing things. From grocery shopping, seeing friends and family, home schooling our children, being creative with activities and experiences to remain safe and healthy.
What a storm we are in. And this weekend with the first major rain storm of the season here in Southern California, it appears to mirror what has been happening. It certainly is giving me food for thought and contemplation.
Friday, as I ran along the beach, the winds howled, the sky was full of dark clouds, the waves crashed up onto the rocks with a vengeance. And then, the sun peaked out and shone brightly on the water. A song popped into my mind and I immediately starting singing it. The song is “Put on a Happy Face” by Tony Bennett. Here are a few of the lyrics:
Gray skies are gonna clear up
Put on a happy face
Brush off the clouds and cheer up
Put on a happy face
Take off the gloomy mask of tragedy
It’s not your style
You’ll look so good that you’ll be glad
You decided to smile
Pick out a pleasant outlook
Stick out that noble chin
Wipe off that full-of-doubt look
Slap on a happy grin
And spread sunshine all over the place
And put on a happy face
And if you’re feeling cross and bitterish
Don’t sit and whine
Just put on a happy face
As I sang and ran, I felt a calmness. I smiled. I gave thanks. I sensed that everything was working out. And today, after the winds and rain, blue skies are breaking through. True, weather predictions show more volatility, wind and rain. But clear and sunny skies are not far away.
This storm feels like a deep cleansing, a purging of what no longer works.
We are washing off dirt, debris and dust, freshening up our spirit to heal and strengthen ourselves, our country, and our world.
It will not happen overnight. However it will happen. It is happening.
Have Faith. Continue to Dream and Believe.
And Put on a Happy Face!
With Light and Love and a Smile on my Face,