Open Your Eyes Ms. Milly

A lesson from the 2017 Solar Eclipse.

Shadow Creature?

The great American eclipse of 2017 was a bit anti-climactic for me. First it was a partial eclipse in Florida. Second all the hub-bub and money grabbing activities just makes me want to stay away. Third I have this love-hate medical thing with the big ball of pain. And finally I have already seen as close to a total eclipse as I’d ever see. So been there, did that. Built the pin-hole projector years ago and went home.

For South Florida the 2017 eclipse was somewhere around 80% depending on which astronomer was talking. In 1970 an eclipse came across Mexico and North Florida. So us kids, I was like 8 at the time, got to see the eclipse at probably 95 to 99%. It was cool.

My dad brought his welder’s helmet to the school and us kids got to watch the moon cast it’s shadow on the sun until there was a black dot with a ring of fire around it. Dad was the kid’s hero that day. I’ve also been able to view a few partial eclipses through his helmet.

Well I was curious how dark it would get, so I made my way downstairs to meet up with my coworkers. I borrowed a friend’s glasses looked at the sun. Yep. A little tiny orange crescent sun was way up in the sky. Looked kind of like the sun in Dad’s helmet, before the moon lined up, so many years ago.

Then another colleague told me I had to see the shadows on the sidewalk. The trees are casting the sun on the sidewalk like a pinhole projector. What? Okay I’m always game, even if I might look like a fool looking at the ground instead of the sky during a solar eclipse but, what the hay?

I walk over to where he pointed and wow! Dozens of crescent suns dotting the path. Of course I took pictures. Because Hey! I have a phone and why not! The palm trees had refracted the sunlight through the palm fronds scattering a fleeting mosaic of the crescent suns over the canvas of a simple sidewalk. The shadow creature in the picture above is God’s play of light showing us the beauty in a solar eclipse without burning my retinas or giving me a headache.

Sometimes you gotta look down to see what’s up!

This got me thinking about looking around my world to what God shows and blesses us with if we just open our eyes. If I just breathe, relax, and seek. I find the wonders of God around me. By practicing looking up down and around, I was blessed to find a Mockingbird feather and a crescent moon in brewing storm clouds.

I came across two passages in God Calling edited by A.J. Russell:

August 23: “…If in climbing a mountain you keep your eyes on each stony or difficult place, as you ascend, seeing only that, how weary and profitless your climb!…”

Kind of like me completing a task to just check off the list huh? (Death of a Career)

“…But if you think of each step as leading to the summit of achievement, from which glories and beauties will open out before you, then your climb will be so different.”

August 24: “Sublime Heights…Know that with Me all things are possible. Cling joyfully to that truth…The truth accepted and firmly believed in, is the ladder up which a soul can climb from the lowest pits to the sublimest of heights.”

Now that I took the time to rest, I now see it is time to climb again. This time with my eyes open to God’s direction, blessings, glory, and beauty.

Please open your eyes with me. Let’s enjoy. God Bless,


P.S: My favorite eclipse pics of 2017:

Well…Happy Weekend!

A Florida Weekend Morning

Another week has gotten away from me. The chronic pain has ramped up along with the increasing stress levels. I have called a Family Meeting for tomorrow. Work, medical appointments, business appointments, Dad, errands swirl around me like a perfect storm. I actually started two blogs since Tuesday. I just couldn’t finalize them.

Today I feel like I broke through the wall of the storm into the eye. My pain lessened as I drove for home. My shoulders straightened. The muscles in my back began to ease. The ache and pressure in my head settled to a dull ache. The weekend has arrived. I get to work and write at home.

I love Friday evening. It is a time full of hope and promise of the gifts God has planned for me. Some of my weekends are restful. Some are rapid fire busy. Some are filled with energy and some are full of fatigue and pain. Most are somewhere in between. This one promises to be in between. I’m looking forward to a mixture of accomplishment and rest. My favorite kinda weekend, I want to experience it all!

Weekends don’t always work out the way I plan but, most weekends do. Isn’t that why we look forward to them starting on…well in my case Monday morning? {Wink}

My weekend started Friday afternoon. This weekend many will have planned a four-day extravaganza. I do get the 4th of July off. I’m one of those taking the weekend then working Monday to take Tuesday off this year. On Mondays I step back into the storm. Storms are unpredictable. I hope this one will let me stay in the eye for a couple of days.

If you have a long weekend, enjoy it to the max! If you are working this weekend and holiday, thank you for being there. I appreciate your service. If you’re like me off and on again, welcome to my club, I’m enjoying it!

Happy Birthday to the U.S. of A!


Drowning in Paper!

        Just One Pile at a Time

Early in my career in government work I had a recurring dream for a few weeks. In the dream sequence I sat in my cubicle filling out paperwork. Then I passed the completed paperwork out of the top of the cubicle. All was good as the paper continued to fall on the desk from somewhere above like snowflakes. Continue reading “Drowning in Paper!”