Andrew gets this monthly magazine called Science of Mind. It is filled with a daily philosophical excerpt that makes you sit and think about after you have finished reading it. Yesterday's was very interesting in the fact that it made Andrew appreciate cold weather more!!!! I never thought I'd see/hear the day as he is always talking about the perfect weather of Hawaii and how the fall and winters of the mid-west are the worst. I have re-type the message below, so let me know what you think!
"Here we are at the last day of September. Depending on where you live, the greens of summer may soon give way to the riotous colors of autumn and will become the grays and browns of winter. But the green is always there. The grass still "laughs with the joy of life" under the blankets of snow and the slumbering earth. The days are shorter and the nights are colder. All is as it should be. The body of God rejoices in its seasons so that the ebb and flow of life can be more keenly appreciated. Let your spiritual practices lead you to a warm, snug place where you can curl up with God. Pick a few of these guides and play with them as you go about your days. Perhaps, you will spread the wealth of your faith, find a few love notes from God, see the best in everyone, or let the beauty of gratitude paint your face. Above all, remember not to pick blackberries when you find the burning bush!...In the words of an old Celtic blessing, 'May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you. May the Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you His peace."
I really feel this entry because this is how I have always felt about the changing of the seasons. Who doesn't love the warmth of the summer sun and the blue water to swim in when it gets too hot, but how would we know how great those things truly were unless we experienced the icy cold depths of a mid-western winter? In order to truly appreciate something, we must experience life without it first.