|Photo: In a cloud-filled sky, the sun rises over the mountains|
Every day, it seems there is more evidence that 2020 is one strange year. It's not "just" the pandemic; Mother Nature has also had a heyday, with extreme weather and related events. This week, my dad took some very eerie photos from his yard. Because of nearby fires, everything had a reddish-orange glow. It hurts my heart to hear of the destruction in the beautiful areas where I grew up, and it would be easy to get discouraged because I can't do anything about it. However, as I have learned over the years, there are ways to find peace in stressful situations.
1. I'm thankful for a change of pace. We have been doing a really good job of staying home over the past months, but on Monday, we decided to not spend the day doing yard work, but instead, we drove to the Great Salt Lake to see the Spiral Jetty. We left early enough that there was really only one other family there when we arrived, and not too many more by the time we left. We could maintain distance from the other groups, and still enjoy a change of scenery. Being able to do something different helps.
|Photo: The Spiral Jetty is clearly visible, as the water in the Great Salt Lake is receded|
After we spent time at the jetty, we stopped at the Golden Spike National Historic Park, where the transcontinental railroad's east and west tracks joined together. Again, it was nice to have a (safe) outing.
|Photo: Two old-fashioned train engines meet at the site where the final spike was driven|
2. I'm thankful for a mix-up. I don't know about you, but Tuesday to me didn't feel like Tuesday. I'm not sure what day I thought it was, but I do know I thought it was a day my neighbor and I go for a walk in the morning. It wasn't until I had already told my dog, Drexel, that we were going for a walk that I realized my mistake. I couldn't disappoint him, so he and I went without my neighbor. Although my neighbor is very kind and accommodating every time I want to stop and take a photo, because I was walking with just Drexel on Tuesday, I really meandered and took time to take lots of photos from many angles. The photo of the sunrise at the top of this post is one I took that morning. Being able to look for good photo ops helps me focus on what is beautiful in the world.
|Photo: Sunlight hits the Mt. Timpanogos Temple|
4. I'm thankful for the opportunity to give. Tuesday afternoon, I donated blood at a local Red Cross blood drive. I know that not everyone is physically able to donate. For whatever reason, whole blood donation comes easy to me. There's no shame in matching strengths with service. When we can use our talents (or inherent easy blood-letting, in my case) to help others, we can feel less overwhelmed with situations out of our control.
|The wind blows my hair in front of John's face as we stand at the shore of the Great Salt Lake|
I hope that you are all safe and well, and are enjoying a sense of peace in this crazy year. I'd love to hear what things you are thankful for this week! Leave me a comment, and feel free to link up your own post.