Rumi said: “God turns you from one feeling to another and teaches by means of opposites, so that you will have two wings to fly, not one.”

Yesterday, there was more No than Yes, more darkness than light, more fear than joy. Sure, I did my day. I went through the paces and checked some things off my list. I went to work, I had some meetings, I went to yoga, I connected with friends. I had a good sweat, even made a healthy dinner for myself. But it was a struggle. I felt puffy, out of sorts. Anxious and heavy. The whole day, from the moment I cracked my itchy hay fever eyes with a groan to my last small sigh before sleeping, was just harder than most.

Today, I woke early, effortlessly, the sun streaming through my bedroom window. Today is a Yes. I worked out, I laughed, I made myself a delightful breakfast. I ate it, slowly, in the sunshine. I watched little children play in my back yard. I read an arty magazine. I found a check in the mail instead of a bill. There is just as much to do today as always. And certainly, in the world, as much darkness as ever. But in my day I find an irrepressible lightness.

And the thing is, yesterday could have been just as joyful as today. Or the sweet events of today as clouded with anxiety and doubt as yesterday’s. Perhaps it is true that we, and we alone, create our happiness. That it is a choice, each day, to live in joy. And perhaps, equally true, is that we need our Yes days and our No’s. Two wings to fly.

And small sandwiches.

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Avocado, sprouts & tomato (1st of the season – delicious!) with Sun Valley Spicy Sweet Mustard on toasted Bhutanese red rice bread
Sweet: Organic peanut butter, fresh strawberry compote & sliced strawberries on toasted Bhutanese red rice bread

Earl Red Tea from Samovar


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