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  • Writer's pictureNatalie R. Vice

Mornings in the Ozarks

We’re still working on Fall’s arrival here in the Ozarks, but you can easily see Mother Nature’s hand at work this October morning. Slowly but surely, the changing of the season is creeping in.

Aside from the beauty that’s revealed during this change, my favorite thing to “watch” is the morning sunrises. I’m most assuredly a morning person, and the mornings here never disappoint.

Beautiful hues of blues, purples, pinks, and reds gloriously fill the horizon in anticipation of the sun’s blazing appearance. It’s breathtaking sometimes, and for me, it’s the perfect start to the day. There are as many differing opinions as to the “perfect” start to the day as there are people to give them. Mine, however, follows right along with my view of life. Mornings are a wonderfully exquisite chance at a brand new beginning, full of opportunity, mystery, and a world of “what-ifs”. You truly never know for sure what or who you might meet, greet, or experience on any given day, and that, for me, has always held a sense of promise. As I’ve gotten older, that feeling hasn’t faded. If anything, it’s gotten stronger.

That positive, hopeful outlook has gotten me through a lot of trial and tribulation. And I’ve always believed it’s better to view the glass as half full, as opposed to half empty. It’s this same outlook that has fueled much of my writing and filled the books I’ve written with a sense of hope for a brighter tomorrow. I’ve even tried to convey this in the titling of some of the books (i.e., Tomorrow’s Promise).

That’s perhaps my greatest wish for my readers: Life can be a positive journey, regardless of the bumps in the road, the trials we all experience, or the tears that may fall. We are the ultimate determiner of our outlook and personal interactions with others. We can choose to live life negatively, or we can choose to see the positive, what some may call “the silver lining” in any situation. Each and every day, when we rise, we can be in awe of the opportunities and beauty before us, or we can see nothing but strife and darkness. It’s entirely up to the individual; it’s a truly personal choice. You can see the beauty or the

beast of life.

I once read, “You find what you’re looking for.” If you look for truth, you’ll find it. If you look for trouble, you’ll find it. If you look for sorrow, you’ll find that too.

As I close my blog for today, I’m going to leave you with some words of positivity and a beautiful picture of my Ozark mornings.

Happiness, according to Benjamin Franklin, is an endless journey, not a comforting destination….where does your journey lead you?

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