Most of you out there have probably heard the song, California Dreamin, by the popular 1960′s American/Canadian folklore group, The Mama’s and the Papa’s, as it is ranked #89 in Rolling Stone’s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. I have to admit, most of the time I hear this song, I want to change it, or fast forward it because who wants to hear about brown leaves and a grey sky? It is depressing!
Well—when I heard the song recently, I had some different thoughts and not because it is actually fall.
Although the song is not one of joy, but one of pain, I feel it also depicts a story of hope. We all get depressed, or down in the dumps, from time to time, but we don’t have to stay that way. We can change the slide in our mind, and our thoughts.
The last four years for many remodelers and builders have been a challenge, with many ups and downs. While some have gone out of business, those that have hung on clearly weren’t focusing on brown leaves and a grey sky. While the days of all blue skies are long gone, the sunshine is clearly not and we all need to have ways to find it.
Alan Cohen, in his book, Why Your Life Sucks And What You Can Do About It, talks about how nourishing your spirit is a must. Cohen states that “The few minutes a day you take to feed your soul is your strongest investment in your happiness and that we should do whatever it takes to inspire ourselves to stay in a creative consciousness.” When we do this, we are naturally attracting more positivity into our lives, which projects us forward, a place we all want to go.
How are you focusing on that California sun?
Thanks for reading!