Most of the shadows of this life are caused by our standing in our own sunshine. ~Henry Ward Beecher
The other day it was cloudy; the first overcast day in a long, long time. We’ve had such a long streak of beautiful weather, I was beginning to think I was back in high country of Colorado. It was the perfect occasion to go find my own bright spot. Clear Meadow Farm in rural Jarrettsville, Maryland had twenty acres full of just what I was looking for. The profits from visitors paying admissions to the field to see approximately 600,000 bright sunny posies, are used to benefit families and individuals in crisis at twelve churches, for elementary school kids and for scouting projects. The mission is “Making Lives Brighter Through Sunflowers.”
Not to put a damper on the day, I reminded myself that cold and flu season will soon be upon us. It’s important to continue to get outside and enjoy the fresh air to boost the intake of natural Vitamin D even in winter. And oh, I must not forget what exercise and a good dose of fresh air every day does for the spirit! According to this article, absorbing a high level of Vitamin D is more important than a flu shot.
I am not qualified to be the judge of whether getting a flu shot is a good idea or not but I do know the benefits of nineteen years and nine months of daily walking has kept me unusually healthy. I started the regiment on January 1st, 2000 when I decided to turn over a new leaf and be more intentional about my heart health.
“Sunflowers are the symbol of faith, loyalty and admiration.”