Climates of Feelings

05/24/2012

Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Source – Wikipedia

“It is terribly amusing how many different climates of feelings one can go through in one day.”  ~Anne Morrow Lindbergh

I adore the writings of Anne Morrow Lindbergh. With this particular one of hers running through my mind today, I can imagine her sitting in the front seat of her husband’s plane, goggles on and white scarf flapping. Or of course flying it herself as she too was an aviator! I easily imagine that her moods fluctuated at times, like the takeoffs and landings in those planes of old. This quote brings me comfort when my own moods are fluctuating into different climates rather drastically.

Today I was out and about with errands and tasks, bringing my love with me to my favorite grocery store. The store was quiet and I was served in the only open aisle by a new cashier I’d not seen before, a woman about my age. My warm greeting and friendly chit-chat could not elicit a smile, hardly even eye contact. I stopped after a few friendly comments and fell silent. I felt my mood take a dip, and just observed it happening. Took a deep soothing breath, gave myself an inward smile, and decided to view this unhappy woman with the eyes of love and tenderness. She kept swinging the items over the scanner and watching the screen as I silently observed and consciously changed my perception. What if being new at this store had her feeling unsure? What if she was under the weather in a way that’s not obvious? Or what if cheerful people like me just grate on her nerves? When viewing her this way my heart blossomed back open, and that is a gift to myself. As the debit charge was completed and she handed me the receipt, I met her eyes and gave her a warm smile and saw a hint of one in return.

My mood has been a bit all over the place today, granted I am a bit under the weather on this drizzly day. This new (to me) world of blogging, experiencing joyful heights tempered with nagging doubts and occasional lows, reminds me of how I felt when I was first falling in love with the man who is now my husband. The early of stage of love is a type of ‘madness’ pursued by countless poets for adequate description. The highs, the lows, the worries, the excitement! I am delighted to be in a more stable and mature stage of married bliss now. I look forward to the next stage of blogging as well. Less intensity and more comfort, less ups and downs of moods and more stability. Although I can already see that blogging is like gardening in that it’s never finished, I’ll remain focused on what touches my heart for each post. Like Anne, I will come through this changing climate into a more temperate zone.

9 responses to Climates of Feelings

  1. 

    Oh Gina, how you write is simply gorgeous….authentic, uplifting, truthful, and sweet. I am glad to be here on your blog! Thank you for finding me and now me getting to read your words! I look forward to reading more as you journey into the whole blogging world. Many more exchanges to come! Blessings, Lisa

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      Thank you so much Lisa, your kind comment here delights my heart! It really does mean the world to me to hear from you that what I see and feel and share can possibly help inspire you, or any of my dear readers, as well. I adore your blog as well. Love and Light, Gina

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        Oh Gina, again — you make my heart smile! Thank you! Yes, it seems like you too are called to offer the words to the world that are spoken within you from the divine. Yes, truly a calling. So I follow. 😉 Love to you, Lisa

  2. 

    Well said and I eccho those emotions, wondering if I’m doing this blogging thing right or not. Do people really want to know what I think or just what they want to hear. Guess it is a growing process. I certainly enjoy reading what you have to say so keep up the good work.

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      What a delightful comment to begin my day with 🙂 Thank you so much. Well put about this writing place being a ‘growing process’. I am amazed at how committed to it I feel already, and how much I want to improve. Having wise and kind people such as your self cheering me on helps inspire me to new heights! Thanks again.

  3. 

    Well I hope today you’re getting over what ailed you, and I am like you. Even when bitter black on the inside, treating the cashiers/or whoever with compassion has never been a moment of regret, always a moment of self love to extent kindness, even if it not recieved well. You are blessed no doubt for your goodness. Hugs~R

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      Bless your heart for your kind comment here. And so true what you’ve shared about compassion with others. I am not 100% but as just exchanged with Russ Towne on his A Grateful Man blog we remember how many others would still trade places with us even on our worst day. Warmest hugs and regards to you, dear one.

  4. 

    Bless your soul for stepping out on a drizzly day and lending a little sunshine to the day of a gray cashier. What she needed was your golden sparkle! I needed it, too, and so now I am going to step out on this gray, drizzly day here in Montana and take some sunshine with me. Cheers, my friend! Thanks for sharing ;o)

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      Hello again dear one, how wonderful we can share our sunshine even on a drizzly day 🙂 Love in our hearts adds lightness to our steps. Hugs and Love, Gina