Jun 23, 2012


It's a beautiful day here in South Central Alaska... The sun is shining, it's warm and everything is green and lovely. We have almost 24 hours of sunlight to illuminate our gardening, fishing, and playing. These are the type of days when they take the pictures for the brochures and websites promoting Alaska travel.

But... the other day was the Summer Solstice. Which means we are now losing  a little bit of daylight each. Technically we are sliding towards winter. I took this picture this morning in our yard... Well, in the dirt patch I call our yard. It's fireweed. Those little flowers you see mark the countdown to the end of summer. They will soon start to bloom from the top to the bottom and then release their pollen, which looks like snow. It's usually within a few weeks to a month of that, we get the real thing.

The moral of the story: life is full of change. The bad news is that if you are in a great season of your life, it can change. The bad news is that if you are in a bad season of your life, it can change. In the seasons of good, enjoy it to it's fullest. In the seasons of bad, just hang on. You'll get through it. There's better days ahead.

And the lessons you learn in the rough times can't be learned any other way... So it's worth it. And it makes the good times that much sweeter.

“Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever;
    wisdom and power are his. 
 He changes times and seasons;
    he deposes kings and raises up others.
He gives wisdom to the wise
    and knowledge to the discerning.  He reveals deep and hidden things;
    he knows what lies in darkness,
    and light dwells with him."

1 comment:

tbbotts said...

Hey Todd- We don't have any Fireweed out yet that I can determine. It seems like everything is at least a month behind normal here in Southeast. We still have patches of snow here and there and lots up on Ear Mountain- unusual for this time of year. We've had so much rain and cold weather that the solstice came and went and it just seems like we're still waiting for summer to begin. What a strange year. I appreciate your words of wisdom. I really like the book of Daniel- he's one of my favorite characters.