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How lucky can you be? Is it luck or is it coincidence when things come together in that certain constellation that either leaves you gasping with admiration or smug with pride, or just aglow with fulfillment?

Even the small things: getting a parking place near the door when the lot is full and cars are circling like sharks, and then discovering there are sales going on for just the things you are shopping for? Slowly closing a book in the morning that filled you up over the last few days like good cream and later in the day, pulling another from the stack to begin and finding out after only a couple of sentences, a paragraph, a chapter or two, that you are overflowing? 2 fantastic books in a row: now, that's luck!

Do you think you make your own luck? Or that it is your attitude which steers it or that luck is just floating all around, both good and bad invisible in the air, and you get what sticks to you?

I love sunny days, long for them, especially in the middle of such a rainy grey fall and winter like this one, but O Sun! Must you also show me up for the too-busy-to-clean housekeeper that I am? Dust! It's what's for EVERYTHING, apparently.

Martin and I walked out the door, bundled but not too tightly against the clear, chill air and walked smack into a wall of sunshine. The sky is high and blue and there is nothing white about it: no clouds, no fraying cirrus jetstreams, no errant seagulls. It's just high and bright and blue. Crows are cawing from the woods by the snail trail, the sound carries over the fields behind the house. We walk, facing the sunshine, lifting our faces to the light like starving flowers.

Martin starts singing, You are my sunshine, my only sunshine...I join him and we sing around 3 corners. I warble the beginning of Sunshine on My Shoulders only to find after a couple of lines that I've forgotten the words.

Closing my eyes as I walk, I peep between my eyelids every few steps to correct my course. Martin is talking, something about lego and bionicles, but I can't hear him over the sun. For a moment it's so loud I think I've gone deaf from the radiance.

While Walking Into the Sun:
Liz: Hey, Martin! If you shut your eyes to the sun, the back of your eyelids turn colors. First it's yellow, then orange, then red, then REALLY RED.
Martin: *shuts his eyes* Yes, I see it.
Liz: And then your eyeballs explode. Careful! *opens eyes, grins at him slyly*
Martin: *grins back*
Liz: *shuts eyes again* Here, hold my hand so I keep going straight. —pause— Kaboom! *makes exploding noise*
Martin: *giggles madly*

And then, the sun was so bright that his head caught on fire!



Embarrassingly Belated, But Nonetheless Heartfelt, Birthday Wishes to doggereler!
 cheerful
mood: cheerful
music: Sixpence None the Richer—Field of Flowers


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Great picture!!!

(Anonymous)
fabulous

I COVET that hat!!!!!

~bluepoppy

Re: fabulous

It's awesome, isn't it? And Karin's version has HORNS! What more could one want in a hat??

That is exactly how I felt while walking in the sun today! :) Warm and good and loud with it's brilliance.

And even more appreciated, since it was apparently a one-day wonder!

What a fabulous hat! Do you have the same one?

I love sunny days. We had one of those glorious late winter sunny days today and I had to go to Stockholm. Everything went wrong from the start - train cancelled, replacement bus late, connecting train late, then delays on the track making me wonder whether I'd even get to the birthay before it finished. Ordinarily, I'd be really tense, but it looked so pretty outside with the sun turning the snowy landscape into a glittering paradise that I let go of my anger and just let the beauty run over me. What a difference it made to my mood and then my luck. I sent my friend an SMS to say I'd be delayed, met up with the gang only a little late and spent the afternoon howling with laughter with a bunch of irreverent Aussie women. All because of that sunshine.

Sunshine is the perfect antidote for the blues! What a lovely afternoon for you! :) And no, I don't have a hat like that. Sadly, they only seem to make them in children's sizes.

Sunshine really improves a mood and makes everything seem simple doesn't it? I think a lot of that lucky feeling is attitude mixed with a feeling of self-confidence, self-achievement and self-fulfillment. The times when some of those ingredients are missing due to temporary or skewed circumstances seem to really affect the whole of your perspective and outlook. I think about how far I've come in life and while that might not be as far as someone who started out in a different place, the sun shines pretty brightly in my corner of the world too and I feel almost as lucky as Martin's hat. Yay for feeling Lucky!

Self-confidence, self-achievement and self-fulfillment. Hear, hear! It's nice when they all come together :)

Love that hat! Reminds me of the Roadrunner or a rooster!

The roadrunner, totally! haha!

Happy times :)

(Anonymous)

I think a positive attitude has a lot to do with it... Because the attitude helps you see and notice the "little" things that brightens up your day. They are so easily missed if you are not open to them, when in a pessimistic mind.

To me it's so important to realise that life is not only good or bad. It's both and need to be. We will have good times and bad times in our lives - but no matter which is dominant at the moment there will always be small amounts of the other. And the good ALWAYS is stronger than the bad. The good starts with the simple but wonderful basic fact that you are alive! :)

/Mia

http://mias.blogg.se

I think that is so true, that if you're a grumpy mood, not only do you not see the little things, but you don't ALLOW them to cheer you up even if you did!

LOL! I love that picture!

hooooray for sunshine

What wonderful ponderings in the first part of this entry and then fun doings in the rest.
And I love Martin's hat too. How kewl!

I love that picture too. I'm so glad you got a bright sunny day and a bright sunny boy who is still willing to be goofy with you. :)

Saw a bumper sticker a couple of days ago that made me think of you:
Exercise Caution:
Drivery may be singing

I was hoping to read more thoughts on what people think about luck. I don't believe in it as an arbitrary thing, but it's undeniable that my brother has had a completely charmed life, and even my mother, devout Christian and non-luck-believer, has said that she has never known anyone to have as much bad luck as me. The whole family actually plans around my luck: travel plans change about 70% of the time due to me getting stuck on a flight somewhere, or getting rerouted... Nobody in the family buys white cars because when I get in them, the key breaks off in the ignition or the door falls off... Someone mixes up a work order and my car that went into the shop for an oil change gets mistakenly sent to the junk yard and is crushed... The DMV loses my title and sends me paperwork on someone else's car... My college registration gets canceled because I didn't register for Selective Service... Raccoons eat through my ceiling and fall on my head while I'm sleeping (actually, *they* didn't fall through, but their poop did.) And I never send anything important through the mail, because it gets lost at least half the time (including bill payments.)

For about six years, though, I got any job I wanted, I was on a steadily increasing income scale, and that part of my life seemed charmed. I don't know.

What a great bumper sticker! :D

Also, did ALL those things actually happen to you?! *boggle* That's just wild. It does seem like some people are charmed or jinxed when it comes to those sorts of things. My sister, for instance, was (at least as a child), very accident-prone, always spraining or breaking something.

All those things and more!

This morning I saw a great group of people huddled waiting for the bus (it's bright and sunny, but in the negative temps with the windchill) and I had a mental image of me shouting across the street, "What bus are you waiting for?" and then conducting them, choir-like, in a harmonious rendition of "CT2" and "85".

I loved that anecdote about closing the eyes and them exploding. That's the kind of interaction my son and I might have. It's cute to share those moments, and I'm sure your kids appreciate your sense of humor. Great pic!

(Anonymous)

Martin is like a MUPPET in this picture! I love it!

Sunshine in the winter-after rows of cloudy, wintery days - feels like a gift. I can handle being cold if the sun shines - it's just the cloudy, windy days that can bring you down.

:) Sam

Adorable...the photo AND the post.

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