Wiley's Wisdom

Joy: From the Ground Up

Little Mr. Sunshine March 17, 2013

Me and My ShadowI don’t care what the 30-degree Wisconsin weather says. The birds in the big spruce tree outside the bedroom window are singing beautifully, I spotted a few rabbit footprints in the remaining snow and I even had a run-in with some of my chipmunk and squirrel “friends.” Spring is in the air today. And this afternoon I spent some alone time in the backyard soaking up the sun and getting lost in my thoughts.

“Keep your face always toward the sunshine and shadows will fall behind you,” great American poet and transcendental thinker Walt Whitman suggests. “The art of art, the glory of expression and the sunshine of the light of letters, is simplicity.”

Simply put, I cannot wait for spring and summer and the various adventures they bring. So I keep my face forward while the shadow of the frigid temperature mocks me. I worry for all of those in regions like mine who suffer from some degree of seasonal affective disorder, as this has been a brutal winter filled with more than its fair share of dreary days and snow storms. I love my snow blanket of diamonds as much as the next dog, but enough is enough. So I say to my shadow to be silent. Spring and summer, like most happy things, are a state of mind. Spring is coming, this much is for sure.

“There’s two kinds of people in this world, there’s winners and there’s losers,” says Greg Kinnear’s character Richard in Little Miss Sunshine. ” Okay, you know what the difference is? Winners don’t give up.” Richard and his family didn’t give up on Little Miss Sunshine, and I am not giving up on spring. The great Punxsutawney Phil did not lie to us when he refused to listen to his shadow on Groundhog day a month and a half ago. And if he did, I will find my own sunshine in days like today.

“What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity,” English poet, politician and playwright Joseph Addison suggests. “These are but trifles, to be sure; but scattered along life’s pathway, the good they do is inconceivable.”

Albeit brisk, Mr. Whitman himself would have something important to say about today. Yes, it might be a brisk 30 degrees outside, but the sun is shining and spring is definitely in the air. So today I aspire to bring sunshine into anyone’s dreary day. Simplicity is beautiful in moments like these.

17 Responses to “Little Mr. Sunshine”

  1. Hey Wiley! You’re cute. I like snow, and I like springtime, too!

    Love and licks,

  2. Mr. Schmidt, this may be off topic, and possibly inappropriate… but I am compelled to say it after seeing your face grace your posts….you are quite handsome. There I said it. I did. You are.

    • Mr. Master, this is not at all off topic as I appreciate all comments regardless of their randomness. Thank you. And a very happy St. Patrick’s Day to you, as I believe you have some green running through your veins. 🙂 Good to see you as usual mate!

  3. Lissa Says:

    Just wanted to let you know I nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. http://thelissachronicles.wordpress.com/2013/03/18/very-inspiring-blogger-award/

  4. Clowie Says:

    I love the Spring. Enjoy the snow while you can!

  5. Open Up Life Says:

    I can honestly say that here in Florida, the weather is always beautiful! I loved the movie “Little Miss Sunshine”, had some great moments. Anyway, love the post and Wiley is adorable! Thanks for sharing and visiting my blog! Peace, love and blessings, Tammy

  6. You are an inspiration, Wiley…

  7. A Says:

    Wow Wiles! Just the kind of message I needed to read considering that it’s already April 3rd and yet no sign of spring 😦 But like you said, I’m going to keep my face turned up towards the sunshine, so all my shadows fall wayyy behind me 🙂

  8. Reblogged this on Wiley's Wisdom and commented:

    Playful mind=playful world.

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