Have You Found Your Pocket of Sunshine Today?

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“Take me away, a secret place
A sweet escape, take me away
Take me away to better days
Take me away, a hiding place
I got a pocket, got a pocketful of sunshine”

By Natasha Bedingfield

Everyone needs a “pocketful of sunshine.” Don’t you? Whether you are stressed out, at a crossroads, or bored with everyday life, we can all use a bright spot.

As the daylight hours get shorter, sunshine is in high demand. I know some even visit tanning beds in the winter. Not me, or at least not since I started getting wrinkles! Luckily, there are many things I find bright and refreshing, not just the warmth of the sun.

Here in the mid-west, we have winters. I don’t have a beach to escape dull or spinning days. I don’t let that hold me back. I think of winter as a time to find new cozy places: warm blankets, cozy sweaters, hot chocolate, mesmerizing fires.

Whatever the weather is outside, what is the bright spot in your day? A place you can always count on. Where you can escape and revive yourself.

Let’s see. What are the options? Some of you may be thinking that the bottle is a place you can always count on to soothe your nerves away. But, when is the last time you felt refreshed after a night of drinking?

And, for that matter, has anyone ever felt refreshed after an evening of TV watching? Not me. Or, what about a few hours on the computer, surfing or playing games? Not going to cut it for me.

None of these are bright escapes for me. They are more like distractions and empty escapes. While I may read some useful tips and great ideas on the web, I’m still not finding renewal.

I’m talking about those places you feel revived, renewed, and refreshed. Where are they? Can you see them? I know you have them.

I’m not talking about needing a big chunk of time to be in your bright spot. Can you afford 30 minutes, if it lifts your mood and clears your head? Or, $15 a month to join a gym? Whatever works for you is fine. Just know it doesn’t have to cost a lot of money or take a lot of time. It is “pocket” sized, not a bucket or a boat. Think of it as a travel-size refreshment!

In my bright spots, I leave them feeling completely refreshed and ready to go take on the world. Here are some of my favorite “pockets of sunshine”:

  • Walking with headphones over my ears
  • Driving while listening to inspiring music
  • Taking a dip in the pool
  • Reading a book just for fun
  • Journaling or writing from my heart
  • Enjoying a night out with my hubby or friend
  • Sharing a smoothie with one of my kids
  • Stealing the covers for an afternoon nap
  • Making a cup of tea and sitting outside in a comfy chair

Make you want to go to your bright spot? We can spin our wheels or we can take a break. Find a bright spot and climb inside.

Let your wisdom be your guide as you create your bright spots. Is your escape bright or dark? Does it leave you refreshed or drained?

I release you to find your “pocketful of sunshine.” When do you feel the most refreshed? Share what helps you give yourself permission to spend time in your bright spot.

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Photo Credit: Marci Payne (Seattle Sunset)

4 responses to “Have You Found Your Pocket of Sunshine Today?

  1. Playing with my son, going on a date with my husband, a good conversation with a friend, doing anything with good music blasting from the ipod, yoga, writing, reading a good book, drinking freshly brewed tea, making a nice meal for my family…

    I really think that the decisions we make each day, if based on listening to our authentic selves, help shape our lives into more of the kind where sunshine, as you say, is more plentiful than not.

    Lovely post, Marci, and what a stunning photo! I see that you’re also a photographer!

    • Belinda, It is those small decisions that tune us into ourselves. Our little choices define us and our day. Speaking of which, stay tuned as I’m changing my blog title with this in mind.

      And, thank you for the kind words about my photo. God painted it, I just captured it 🙂 There’s not enough time in the day to capture all my interests, so it’s the little moments that count!

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