Tuesday, April 26, 2011

When Gray Skies Beam

THIS is my kind of day, my kind of Beautiful Day (the U2 way)!  It's very gloomy from where I am...thick, heavy gray clouds suspended and begging to burst. Yes, I love such days.  I find them relaxing and something about the gloom triggers introspection and sentimentality. Somehow, though I suspect that when U2 came up with 'Beautiful Day' they were actually envisioning a bright, sunny image, I also think the point is that the song applies to any kind of day.  

I particularly love that one line from the song that says "what you don't have, you don't need it now".  It's a mantra that I find very useful and have to constantly remind myself of.  

If you don't have it in your life, you don't need it now.  

What you have now, has a purpose in your life.

There is a reason you do not have what you do not have in your life now and it's because who you are at this moment has no need for it.  

You are where you need to be.

For someone who has a strong sense of insatiability, this kind of wisdom is quite difficult to  swallow.  I resist it.  I oftentimes find myself driven and consumed by my wants, my what ifs or could've beens.  Anything BUT the present, the now.  Don't get me wrong.  I know what gratitude means and I do my best to practice it.  However, admittedly, and sadly, it is not what fuels me.  I still find myself looking at the glass half-empty rather than half-full.  I still give in to the void instead of drowning it with whatever light I have in my life.  I give power to what is not there, instead of soaking in the energy of what is present and blessed.  

I see.  But seeing the path is not quite the same as treading it.  Seeing the glass half-full though makes me grateful that I at least see and am aware of which direction to aspire for.  Because as Master Yoda says, "Named must your fear be before banish it you can".

May the Force be with all of us!  Actually, TRUST that the FORCE IS with all of us.




  1. I'm a work in progress on being more positive and seeing the world that way:) I like your blog. Im following through the Get Connected Blog Hop, looking forward to your future posts!


  2. I LOVE U2. Almost as much as I love Coldplay. But Beautiful Day has always been one of my favorites. Overcast gray days make me want to stay inside, drink something warm and watch something lovely. It doesn't always happen, but a girl can dream. :)

  3. Awesome post and I love that line in the song. I never stopped to think about it until now.

  4. Joy this is an AMAZING post. I've taken so much profound lesson from it. I love the message!

  5. Frugal in WV: Thanks!..and happy that you like the blog. You're not alone in being a work in progress and I think that makes life colorful, don't you think? :-)

    Jenny P: Don't even get me started on Coldplay, haha! I've been playing The Scientist over and over and over and over again these past days, lol!

    TV: We're kind of even then!...making each other think! Oh fun times!

    Sophia: Thanks for saying that! You've made my day!

  6. Tina P (via FB Catharsis page)---

    I also find myself desiring to have something i dont have and being somewhere except here. Although it constantly makes me feel lacking, it also gives me something to strive for, to look forward to, to hope for.... in a sense, the wanting gives me more to live for...I just need to remind myself to be thankful for what I have now.

  7. 4/26/11 13:30 via FB Catharsis page:

    Action takes precedence over awareness...

  8. Very nice post!

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  11. Great post, Joy! My glass is always more than half-full. But, I still struggle at times with being present -- not worrying about the future or demanding that the things I want be here right now. I have to step back from time to time. That's when I'm happiest. I've given your blog an award.


  12. Great message, Joy :) (I caught U2 on their 360 tour in Melbourne last Dec. They were AWESOME :D )

  13. Very deep, but I'm totally with you, sister! I have long history with depression, not life threatening but definitely debilitating at times. I now find myself having to take a birds-eye view of my own life and I've been able to acknowledge when I'm thinking irrationally or being unnecessarily negative. I've gotten a lot better, but its been really humbling. The one thing I can say for both of us is that we're only human. As long as we're making progress then we're doing great. We're not supposed to be perfect. Thanks for sharing you thoughts with us! http://layneslovelylife.blogspot.com


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