Pink Cloud

I saw a pink cloud today.  As the sun was setting I noticed it off to the north. Hidden behind some trees so I went to get a better look.

For some reason this pretty pink cloud caught my attention.

I stared…fascinated.

It’s not like I haven’t seen pink clouds before.

I’ve seen a lifetime of pink clouds.

I’ve experienced them as well.

The first time I heard the phrase pink cloud was not in reference to a sunset. It was in my first year of sobriety.

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A pink cloud in early recovery is a period of time when you feel euphoric, alive, happy, excited, and hopeful.  The alcohol out of your system, you begin to feel for the first time. Truly experience life without the numbness, without the haze, without the physical pain and emptiness.

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Like a new day dawning…

A time of waking up to all the amazing possibilities of life.

I remember my first pink cloud well.  I also remember wondering why people told me to be careful.

Early sobriety is a time of great highs and lows. A roller coaster ride.  The pink cloud is often thought to be dangerous for the newly recovered. It can lead to an extreme low when shame and guilt come knocking. And an unrealistic view of life that can often lead to relapse.

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I was fortunate.

I survived my pink cloud..and stayed sober.

Today, over two decades later, a pink cloud came into my life again.

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And I stared at it for a long time…

I think pink clouds in later sobriety…aren’t so dangerous any more.

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They wake us up to all the amazing possibilities of life.

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Sunshine

There was something extra special about receiving the Sunshine Award today

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Part of it may be that I received it in the midst of a snowstorm during one of the coldest winters I can remember.  A sunny treat to warm my heart and brighten my spirits!

Thank you Robin for this wonderful honor.

If you don’t already know Robin, I highly encourage you to head over to

http://witlessdatingafterfifty.wordpress.com/

to meet her!

She brings sunshine into so many lives through her writing, her spirit, her kindness and her friendship.

As with any award, there are rules! I will do my best to honor this tradition.

To accept the award, the awardee must do the following:

Display the award on your blog.
Announce your win with a post and thank the blogger who nominated you.
Present 10 deserving bloggers “who positively and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere.”
Link to the awardees and let them know of the nomination.
List 10 interesting things about yourself.

I thought instead of listing 10 interesting things about myself, I would share 10 of my favorite sunny pictures. Enjoy and I hope they bring a little sunshine into your winter day.

There are so many creative and inspiring bloggers here. I thought a lot about who I’d like to nominate. Many of the blogs I follow are about alcoholism and recovery.  I consider them to be part of my own personal recovery and they truly inspire me every day, often without even knowing it. This award is my way of thanking them and honoring our shared road of growth and recovery

http://messageinabottleblog.wordpress.com/

http://runningonsober.com/

http://themiracleisaroundthecorner.wordpress.com/

http://anniethinksabout.wordpress.com/

http://dorothyrecovers.wordpress.com/

http://soberandlivingthedream.wordpress.com/

http://byebyebeer.wordpress.com/

http://lifecorked.com/

http://sobergrace.wordpress.com/

http://recoveryrequired.wordpress.com/

Winter Sky

Each morning during my commute to work I am awestruck by the sunrises.  And because the sun sets earlier…the sunsets on the way home at night. The winter sky seems brighter, bolder, more colorful than other times of the year.

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Perhaps it is the angle of the suns’ rays. Or perhaps it is because the lack of color in the landscape makes the sky really stand out.

Whatever the reason, I find myself looking up.

In delight and wonder…

The way the clouds appear to reach outward, swirling and dancing overhead.

Light, fluffy wisps…

Resting on mountain tops…

Painting the horizon in deep, rich hues…

Color amidst the stark white scenery. Warmth during the coldest months of the year. The winter sky…

Rainbows and Sunsets

Sounds like a corny quote or teenager’s poster with pretty unicorns on it! But tonight as I was driving home I saw this:

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I am a rainbow and sunset chaser. I have many beautiful sunset pictures and many beautiful rainbow ones as well. It is very common for people to take these kinds of pictures. I am not unique.

But I have never taken one of both at the same time. Or seen something like this before.  It is truly awesome to witness beauty like this. 

This incredible planet we live on gives us so many simple pleasures and breathtaking gifts.