Authentically happy is balanced by the Truth of not always being happy.

If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome” Ann Bradstreet, poetess: 1612-1672. As I sat in January to write an upbeat article for my neighbors to read in April, I felt inauthentic. Like a big old faker. Normally, I’m happy and energetic. Writing something perfect for spring – about growth and living fully – is what I wanted to write. But today, it wasn’t how I felt. Why? Because it’s still winter time and its cold and rainy. And - if I’m being honest - at 50 years old, today I feel the weight of entering the winter of my life too. And sometimes its okay to not be okay with dark skies that match the circles under my eyes. But we have to remember - as naturist and author Hal Borland put it brilliantly: ‘no winter lasts forever and no spring skips its turn’. So on these kinds of days: ones that feel more like a drudge than a nudge, we must remember that like Houston weather, if we do or don’t like it: give it a day and it will change. If you’re really sad, it will pass. If you’re really happy, it will also pass. So on this dreary day, I will take care of myself with a bowl of beautiful soup that warms me, curl up for an hour or an afternoon and then get right back to work, building a company that provides security for its employees and nourishment to our clients. Knowing that I can do that makes me think of a much loved quote: by Henry Rollins “My optimism wears heavy boots and is loud”. As for me: my optimism is wearing combat boots and eating soup for the rest of the day. I’m grateful that its loud enough I can hear it. Sunday Witte is Head Kitchen Chick at Soul Kitchen Delivers in Houston, Texas. The specialize in poviding chef prepared soups and entrees that are professionally packaged and delivered. You can sign up for the seasonal (monthly) menu at www.soulkitchendelivers.com

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