Today, like the two weeks preceding it and probably all of this week, is gloomy. Rain, rain, clouds, fog, ick. Not terribly cold - in fact, rather balmy, but rainy and gloomy.
However, two things have lifted my somewhat falling spirits. On the way to work, to my left-which is the east-there appeared to be what some might refer to as sunlight. As if there really IS a sun! WHOOT! That was rather exciting. Now mind you, none of the rays actually hit my upturned face, however, the promise that the sun still shines was quite lovely.
Secondly, i quite often listen via Internet radio, to the classical station from Johannesburg, South Africa. my boss lived there for quite some years and i started playing it for him - to tell him the weather and the traffic jams - and then he would share stories of their life there and in some small way, i was able to travel there and see it through his eyes (and his wife's and kids as they have come in and asked me about it.) Now i just listen because i like the station. The accent is gorgeous, the music is terrific. As i type, it is almost 7pm in S.A. and so the music is soft and sweet, not fiddles and booming timpani drums, but rather matching of the quiet i feel from all the gloom. Not depressing,...just nice.
i find that little things such as these refresh my soul.