We are living in a time when the little things need to matter to us. So many of us have a lot less than we had a few years ago. Times are hard. It's depressing. It's disheartening. It's sad. Things happen to us that we aren't prepared for; jobs are lost, prices are up, insurance goes when the job does. I have been touched by the downturn in the economy as has everyone. When I go to the grocery store it makes me want to cry. Granted there are more offerings than ever at the store but there is less money to purchase them. I've read about people who collect stuff for fear the world will end. I continue to read about the rise in crime, especially theft. As a total anti-gun person I'm appalled by the rise in armed assaults and deaths from gunshot. It seems sometimes people with no money still find the cash to get a gun. And that is sad to me.
I look outside and the world around me is gray. The skies have been cloudy a lot this winter here in East Tennessee. We have had a few snow flurries but that is it. And I have become more sensitive to the cold as I get older. Since I can't afford the Hawaiian vacation I would love I've decided to try warming up my outlook. I posted some colorful pics before. No, this is not going to be a steady thing. But I feel the need to remind myself of the beauty of the world around me and the simply wonderful things done by other people to brighten their surroundings.