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Happiness in a View

Given my condition, it can be hard to appreciate all the things life has to offer. When coffee doesn't taste good, when standing is a challenge, when my dominant hand won't work, many of the little things become a struggle, not a respite. The view outside my back door is as good as medicine to me.

One of my favorite things is to watch the sunrise. This morning it was particularly spectacular. I took a photo, but the pixels don't do it justice. The way the diffuse light softened the Flatirons brought goosebumps to my arms. Or maybe that was the cold outside when I took the photo.

The way the morning light plays against the Flatirons can't be captured, or at least not by me. The already stunning slabs of rock practically glow with beauty. You have to be here to really understand how amazing it is. Fortunately, I am.

Perspective: I may have been dealt a hard blow with health, but I am lucky in so many ways, including where I get to live.


My chronic illness limits my ability to get out of the house and do what most people would think of as everyday activities. Somedays I can't even go into the back yard for more than a few minutes because my body won't regulate its temperature. Having such beautiful, open scenery keeps me from going stir crazy. The world is just ouside, and it's a beautiful place.

Perspective: Happiness in a View

(Picture taken a few months ago)


Sitting here, watching the morning light change, feels like magic from some of my favorite fantasy and sci-fi books. Imagine Lando's Cloud City from Star Wars Empire Strikes Back. It almost feels fake sometimes. That's when I stand up, shuffle to the door, and step outside. It is most definitely there, always ready to leave an impression and lighten my day.


I would share my view with you all if I could. It's a source of positivity in my life, and I wish you could enjoy that same boost. Sometimes I post my view on social media in hopes that it lightens someone's day by even a fraction of how much it lightens me.


It is easy to be creative when surrounded by a place it is practically magical. As an author, I need all the fuel for creativity that I can get during the hours my chronic illness gives me. I'm grateful every day to benefit from this boost to my mental/emotional reserves.


Part of my chronic illness is the imbalance of my nervous system caused by nerve damage/death. Anything that helps smooth the edges of my fight-or-flight response helps my body regulate itself. The view from my back door is as good as medicine for me. Five minutes of staring out the window can slow my heart rate, reduce my shaking, and sometimes ease my chronic pain.

I hope you can find something in your life that gives you a grounding like my view does for me.


As always, I appreciate your support of self-publishing and indie authors. In the name of putting myself out there, here are a few of my works.


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