By Steve Rogers
Why is winter known as the season of depression? The cold temperatures, the howling winds are just part of the reason.
The continually overcast (aka gray) conditions may be the worst however. Every day is dreary, and without a plane, you cannot fix that until the weather changes.
A good part of Texas has been overcast for the last two weeks — plus high temperatures have been 10-15 degrees lower than normal for January.
The effects of such conditions have been studied. And the amount of sunlight we soak in daily is important not only the physical health.
It seems to me the real wear-and-tear is our mental struggle to live without seeing the Earth’s best friend, the sun. The sun brings quality-of-life benefits to each of our existence.
When the sun arrived in the sky on Jan. 15, 2015, for the first time in too many days, the release of joyful feelings inside my brain got me feeling energized, youthful, enthused and empowered.
Much better than the crotchety, grumpy mummy-like attitude I’ve been experiencing. Did you notice how much like mummies — or zombies — friends, neighbors and strangers act when the sun is shielded from our view?
It’s almost as if all hope has vanished from the planet when the sun hides from our view. And that leaves most of us in a catatonic state, wandering hallways, stairwells and streets in search of joy, peace and enjoyment.
Very few of us realize our dependence on the sun. But it pulls on us, much like gravity, to find the few rays of light that may pierce through the gloomy cloud cover.
The people I’ve spoken with in the last 24 hours have all claimed this weekend as a great one because temperatures are warmer — and the sun is shining in our little lives once more.
Prior to that, we all moaned like headless zombies in search of this lost star. For those unaware of why we were grumpier than usual, our office and home counterparts suffered the headless outbursts.
Funny, isn’t it, how even the unknown parts of our lives can affect us profoundly?
John Denver got it right in 1971 with his classic “Sunshine On My Shoulders” song, relating happiness to the sunshine seen on a cloudless day in the mountains. The lyrics were short and concise, but the wisdom was much more eternal.
I’ve got friends who have been ordered by their physicians to sit in the sunshine for the sake of the bodies. I recommend we all spend 2-4 hours daily this weekend basking in the glorious sunlight that reaches us from Heaven by way of one amazing star, the sun.
Think you are solely in charge of your world? Perhaps you make great decisions, have great wealth and all the gifts the world can bestow. Without the sun, however, you and I would be nothing, but specks on an icy blue planet.
The sun is a source of our light, our heat. But more secretively, it also influences our determination, our mood, our hopes and aspirations — and our ability to love others.
This weekend soak in the sun’s love and share it by treating others with that love. We all benefit by choosing to be happy, not mad, and to love, not grumble.
Love, once again, is the answer to all of life’s dilemmas. Thank you, sun. Thank you.
By Steve Rogers