December 13, 2010

A Teaspoon of Honey

Posted in Weather tagged , , , , , , , , at 8:13 am by Liliana

“Sweeten this harsh life!”

“Sweeten this harsh life!”

All last week we had drab, gray, overcast, leaden, cold, windy weather here in Michigan.

A coworker stopped me in our lunchroom at RepairClinic and told me that he was feeling lethargic and blue.

I got together with my book club friends one evening and people complained how depressed they felt. Cathy commented that the entire world seemed sprinkled with cement ashes.

I feel it, too.

My optimistic nature is being eclipsed by the oppressive dullness and lack of sunlight. Coldness and darkness seem to be seeping into my bones.

It takes all my will power to jump out of bed when the alarm goes off in the mornings. My bed is a warm, snug nest and all I want to do is burrow under my soft comforter and hibernate until the season changes.

But I make myself get up. I face the day.

And this is the time when those lessons absorbed long ago from my parents, grandparents and culture, help to get me through the day.

How many times have I heard it – life is unsparing and there is no way to escape its harshness. Objecting and lamenting does not make things better.

When I was a little girl, my father would offer me a teaspoon of honey with my tea. “Have a bit of honey to sweeten this harsh life,” he liked to say.

So, yesterday afternoon, when I was having my cup of tea, I added a teaspoon of honey. It helped bring a bit of sunlight into my day. It really did.