Written August 18, 2010
"There were lovely patches of greensward all about, with stately trees bearing rich and luscious fruits. Banks of gorgeous flowers were on every hand, and birds with rare and brilliant plumage sang and fluttered in the trees and bushes. A little way off was a small brook, rising and sparkling along between green banks, and murmuring in a voice very grateful to a little girl who had lived so long on the dry, gray prairies."
This passage is taken from the second chapter of the classic "The Wizard of Oz" when Dorothy's house lands in Munchinkinland. Dorothy, since her arrival as an orphan to live with her Aunt Em and Uncle Henry, lived in a land of gray. The only thing that made her laugh was her dog Toto. But Dorothy was given a special gift to view the colorful world of Oz.
Are you living in grayness? If so, what is your cyclone that can carry you away to a land of color? Perhaps the means to your Oz is not as dramatic as a cyclone, but something more subtle and simple: sipping some iced tea on your porch in the sunshine; a walk around your neighborhood park; or maybe sitting in your favorite chair reading a book or magazine. Whatever the means, take some time today to visit or revisit that place.