I learned a simple, somewhat obvious truth that day. Above the clouds, the sun is always shining. (Except at night, of course!)
Recently, my heart has felt clouded over, grey and miserable. There have been too many days where I stand in my kitchen crying, overwhelmed by everything. Being the calm, logical person that I am (HA!), I then start to freak out about being overwhelmed. It's a downward spiral from there.
And in this overcast place, I have begun to remind myself that the sun is still shining though I cannot see it. This simple truth brings me great comfort. I know that someday the clouds will lift. Joy will return. So for now I look for the little rays of sunlight: a good book, tea with friends, lighting the Menorah candles with my Jewish friends and daughter, good chocolate, an escape after a crazy day and a carol sing on the way to school. When the sunshine is covered by the clouds, hope is left behind. I will be okay, I know it, for the sun still shines.