Follow the Sun, Sunshine. Live Light, Shine Bright - Betty Streff
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Follow the Sun, Sunshine. Live Light, Shine Bright

Follow the Sun, Sunshine. Live Light, Shine Bright

(Read in :03)“Daylight follows a dark night.”~Proverb


I picked today to come back because it’s going to be an awesome day! A total eclipse of the sun! They tell me it won’t happen here for another 375 years. That’s 15 generations from now, a time span of near Biblical magnitude. It’s a big deal! Who’d want to miss it?



But then again, my husband thinks life with me is like being on one big field trip. Just this weekend, my friend Mary Jane told me I “open myself up to awe and mysteries of the universe like a blossom turns its face toward the sun.” (She’s a writer and has a way of saying things so pretty.) Maybe that’s why I love sunflowers so much.


When I was a little girl, I was a chatterbox. I know, huge surprise. My dad used to tease me and tell me if my mouth was zipped shut words would come oozing out from between my ribs. Right off the bat, I got in trouble for talking in class. Yep, right there in Mrs. Schuster’s kindergarten room. That’s right, my name was on the backboard naughty list more days than not. I’ve had a love affair with words all my life. So, it comes as no shock I couldn’t stay away too long!



Living in a State of Awe


While I was away, we had a delicious break in the south-central Wyoming wilds. Out west, in nature, in history, in my natural state of awe. We hiked, swam, read, and napped. We danced under the stars in our cowboy gear at a music festival in a dot of a town with a population smaller than a Central Nebraska high school. One sunset evening we hand fed buffalo from our perch on a train that runs through a sprawling 25,000-acre ranch with land in two states. We saw antelope and rainbows and wildflowers and everywhere I saw wonders.


Later today, I hope you’ll be overcome with awe and riveted in a state of wonder. Marvel as a child would at the enormity of the event that comes only once in 15 lifetimes in the same spot. There are folks so smitten with the spectacle they become eclipse chasers and travel to far corners of the earth to experience them again and again. Let the amazement of it all soak deep into your bones and realize the antiquity of it all. Mankind has written of this phenomenon since ancient times.


And, the sun will come out tomorrow


Ok, how about tomorrow? Will it be any less amazing and extraordinary than today? Trick question. No, because every day is a gift and every hour can be filled with marvels and wonders and miracles if we are ready to look. And that’s where I want to take you! On a field trip, an adventure to live life on purpose, in the moment and with your eyes wide open.


Think of it! The first two miracles you open every day are your eyes! Are you ready to discover what a miracle you are? Yes, you! Your being here is no accident and it’s time to start living as if every moment counts because it does! Enjoy the sun today. Be amazed at what you see when the shadow of the moon exposes her fiery crown, her incredible energy. Bask in another unforgettable moment on this journey called being alive. Life is better when it’s bright.



It’s good to be back, I’ve missed you. Anxious to hear your eclipse experiences and how it moves you! Please consider subscribing. You’ll find encouragement in your inbox every Monday and Thursday just as the sun is starting her trip across the sky!  See you Thursday!


“Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.”~Helen Keller


  • Gail

    Glad you are back – and love the BETTYSTREFF.COM URL! Looking forward to your writing and thoughts twice a week!

    August 21, 2017 at 8:40 am
  • Patricia a johnson

    What a great day to come back! Love the new look, sun flowers are one of my favorites and daisies, they are such happy flowers. Eclipse, preop overall a great day. Glad you are back :)

    August 21, 2017 at 6:39 pm
  • Traci Runge

    Your words are not only inspiring but beautiful as well. So happy to have you back!!! ❤️

    August 21, 2017 at 9:31 pm
  • Kim

    Glad you are back. Love how you read your blue print. Called life

    August 22, 2017 at 7:21 am
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