We’ve all heard the maxim, “You have to be able to weather the storm.” But in reality, severe storms occur infrequently. Although at times we are faced with unusually trying situations, fortunately these tend to be the exception. Like the weather, our lives go through normal fluctuations.
Your days can be sunny, overcast, hot, cold, rainy, windy, or calm. Regardless of the conditions, you go about your business. You make accommodations in the way you dress or what you do. Some events, like a picnic, will be postponed in the event of inclement weather but life still goes on.
Although a perfect day is thought to be sunny, mild, and calm, there is beauty in all types of weather. Nature requires a variety of cycles for a healthy environment and therein lies the elegance. Too much of any one type of weather causes problems.
An extended period of time without rain causes a drought, while too much rain results in a flood. In order to thrive, nature requires a constant variety of weather. We should appreciate this diversity and see the beauty in all weather.
Similarly, there is beauty in the cycle of life. There are good times, as well as challenges. Some things work as planned, others don’t. There are problems with obvious solutions as well as obstacles that are persistent.
Just as some people always complain about the weather, there are also those who constantly find fault with life. In both cases, griping is useless. The weather and life are two examples where there are elements beyond your control. The one thing you do have total control over is your attitude.
People who tend to be happy and upbeat are the ones who can find the beauty in all conditions. It’s a mindset that goes one step beyond seeing the glass as half full. It is looking at the glass as overflowing.
As you go through the various cycles of your life, look for the beauty in each stage. This is easy when things are good, but challenging when times are less than ideal. So, how can you find the beauty?
Recognize that all things happen for a reason. Although it may not be obvious, there is something good that can be found. Adversity encourages you to examine many aspects of your life that might have otherwise gone unappreciated or unrecognized.
Very often, an unexpected turn of events forces people to change direction. Altering your course can lead to new opportunities. There are many examples of individuals who are thankful for the turn of events that lead to their current situation.
Not only are life’s ups and downs OK, they are unavoidable. Just as a ship floats freely up and down with the passing of each wave, you can handle any fluctuation you are faced with. Instead of becoming dejected, welcome each wave as energy that can propel you forward.
Changing your perspective is key. When facing a downturn, consider all that is still good rather than getting caught up in what is wrong. Seek out the beauty. Think about how many times have you have gazed at beautiful clouds lazily floating in the sky.
Life is special and beautiful. It is a shame not to appreciate it. Your outlook is up to you. Don’t you want to be happy and content rather than miserable? Start by finding the beauty in all weather. Then you will be on your way to making the most of whatever you are facing.
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The businesses of Downtown Mystic are hosting a stroll on Saturday, May 4, with merchandise discounts and giveaways. A day is planned offering events and promotions from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The near-end of construction will allow strollers to reconnect with historic downtown Mystic and enjoy a hassle-free day on the town.
Locals are invited to get their hands dirty at the “Plant a Seed” table outside Tidal River Clothing. With an Arts & Crafts table for children at Peppergrass & Tulip. The Green Elephant will offer face painting. Meet local authors at Bank Square Books, Blue Horse and the Mystic Army Navy Store. View the work of local artisans in Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts 102nd Show at the Mystic Arts Center. The Courtyard Gallery will be offering art demonstrations and an art auction at 3 p.m.
Young artists can showcase their talents creating sidewalk chalk art at Shades of Mystic and Stonington Feed.
Experience the GeoHistorian Project, a history project done as a collaboration between the Mystic River Historical Society and students from Mystic Middle, Stonington High, and the Home Scholars of Mystic/Stonington.
Special Olympics of Connecticut will be at the Mystic & Noank Library to display their Unified Art Program. Learn more about the organization and its wonderful mission!
Music entertainment will be ongoing at Mystic Disc. Salty Dog is hosting an “Open Mic” from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Enter to win a Mystic River Bascule Bridge Charm, Scallop Shell Pendant, or Sea Star Earrings at Goldsmith & Silversmith Co. or Mystic poster from the Finer Line Gallery. Nibble on free samples from Kate’s Café, Li’s Bake Shop and Mystic Drawbridge Ice Cream. Stop by Wayne’s Barber Shop for mini cupcakes and mini massages.
Harp and Hound Irish Pub, Mystic Pizza and Pizzetta, and Daniel Packer Inn will extend specials to diners showing proof of purchase in Downtown that day. A complete list of participating businesses and their specials is available by visiting the events page on mysticchamber.org.
L+M Cancer Center as it was completed up until March.
Charter Oak Federal Credit Union will donate $50,000 to Lawrence + Memorial Hospital’s Centennial Campaign over the next five years. The Centennial Campaign will fund the state-of-the-art Cancer Center in Waterford, in partnership with the world-renowned Dana-Farber Cancer Institute for medical oncology and with Yale-New Haven Hospital for radiation oncology. The 50,000-square-foot Cancer Center will offer patients a variety of oncology services.
“The new Cancer Center will bring extraordinary treatments and services to this region,” said Brian A. Orenstein, Charter Oak’s Chief Executive Officer. “We are proud to be part of such a meaningful and critical project,” said Orenstein.
“We’re thrilled and most grateful for Charter Oak’s generous $50,000 pledge to Lawrence + Memorial’s new Cancer Center,” said William A. Stanley, Lawrence + Memorial Hospital’s Vice President of Development and Community Relations. “Making this contribution even more meaningful is that it comes when both Charter Oak and L+M are growing – L+M with the opening of the Cancer Center and planned acquisition of The Westerly Hospital, and Charter Oak with the planned opening in 2014 of its expansive new headquarters, also in Waterford.”
Lawrence + Memorial Hospital’s new Cancer Center is dedicated to the physical and emotional support of cancer patients and their families. Within the Cancer Center will be a satellite pharmacy, laboratory, blood bank, a café, conference rooms, offices for visiting subspecialists, and a Health Resource Center. Patients needing radiation therapy will also have access to two linear accelerators as well as a CT simulator.
Charter Oak is known for being philanthropic and proudly supports Lawrence + Memorial Hospital and its new Cancer Center. Since the inception of Charter Oak’s Community Giving Program in 2009, more than $630,000 has been awarded to community organizations throughout New London and Windham counties.