Today I needed to shake things up and went for a ride. A ride outside my house. A ride anywhere. Staying inside is finally getting old. Time to get back out into the world again soon.
While riding along, I spotted this beautiful wildflower growing along the side of the road. It always amazes me when I find a patch of flowers growing, despite our drought this time of year here in Florida. I especially like to find and photograph one little sprout of life among inhospitable rocky substrates. Reminds me of the tenacity of the human spirit. Reminds me that we will prevail against all odds in any given situation that is challenging for us, including this pandemic.
On the way home after seeing this little reminder of hope, I saw this sign on the side of the road, too:
Makes me think of the Bob Marley song:
“Rise up this mornin’
Smiled with the risin’ sun
Three little birds
Pitch by my doorstep
Singin’ sweet songs
Of melodies pure and true
Saying’, (this is my message to you)…
Singing’ don’t worry ’bout a thing
‘Cause every little thing gonna be alright
Singing’ don’t worry (don’t worry) ’bout a thing
‘Cause every little thing gonna be alright…”
–“Three Little Birds” by Bob Marley and the Wailers
Signs of hope are all around if we look for them. See if you can see any signs of hope where you live. Life is good; don’t worry about a thing, cause every little thing IS going to be alright. Shake it off.
Live fully. Carpe diem, friends………….
“I’ll never miss a beat, I’m lightning on my feet
And that’s what they don’t see, that’s what they don’t see
I’m dancing on my own, I’ll make the moves up as I go,
And that’s what they don’t know, that’s what they don’t know…..
Can’t stop, won’t stop grooving…….
It’s like I got this music in my mind saying it’s gonna be alright……
Baby, I’m just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake
I shake it off, I shake it off…”
-“Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift