Here Today, Possibly Gone Tomorrow (Maybe)

“Ah, Hope! what would life be, stripped of thy encouraging smiles, that teach us to look behind the dark clouds of today, for the golden beams that are to gild the morrow.”
— Susanna Moodie


TODAY” – this is the theme of this week’s photo challenge, meaning that the participant may only use a picture that they took on the day they first read about this week’s challenge (no archived photos allowed).  Despite having the email about this challenge in my inbox for the last several days, I did not actually open it until today – sitting in my Jeep, getting ready to head home after work.  As I did not care to submit a photo of a near-empty parking lot (the first thing I saw after reading the email), I decided to start driving home and search for inspiration along the way.  Thankfully, I found it right just before I arrived home.

The sun was determined to shine today, no matter what the weather report said.

After turning down the road that leads to my subdivision, I happened to look out my driver’s side window and saw the sun making a desperate bid for freedom from the clouds it had been locked behind for the better part of the day.  Even though most of the star’s light is hidden, you can still see a few of its rays escaping from beneath it, shedding some illumination to the population living below.  This picture is very much a metaphor for how my TODAY has turned out: even in its darkest times – dealing with angry customers, tardy co-workers, or confronted with unwelcome truths – there was still some light able to come through, still a silver lining to my dark cloud.  I needed only to look “behind the dark clouds of today” to find “golden beams”, to know that at the end of every disappointment is the opportunity to find something beautiful.  All you need to do is look.