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Cure for January Glums

Experiencing beauty

Even though it is the month of my birth, as well as my eldest daughter's, I still find January to be a month of 'glum, dark and gloom.' The 2012 edition of January glums actually started on Dec. 31 when I couldn't even muster enough energy to stay up until midnight on New Year's Eve. Talk about loser with a capital "L"!

So today I pushed myself to join the West Bloomfield Clergy group for their January meeting, held at . I came back from the meeting really uplifted by the music presented to us by the 8th grade choir at OLMS.  It is hard to hang onto your inner crumudgeon when you are sitting in front of about 30 smiling 8th graders who sing their hearts out! I certainly wasn't expecting to have an experience like that-such joy and enthusiasm. Think I'll cancel the January glums for the rest of the month.

Sometimes a sagging spirit just needs a little shot like that-great music, a beautiful work of art or just a glimpse of one of our wonderful lakes as you drive around the area on your daily journey. We are so fortunate to live and work in a community that offers us much in the way of natural beauty as well as rich cultural opportunities. There are so many ways to experience 'beauty'-and many ways to define it. Any way you define it, it offers a means to lift the spirit, to connect yourself to something higher and greater than yourself.  

I'm kind of new around here, so I'd love to hear from readers about ways they experience beauty in and around the West Bloomfield area. What lifts your spirit?

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Camille Dery January 06, 2012 at 12:28 PM
I agree with loving living around the lakes which helps to bring in beautiful birds from all over. I enjoy feeding and watching the birds at our feeders. The people in our community are both diverse and friendly which can help feed ones spirit in a positive way. Welcome to our beautiful area and good luck with your church.

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