Feeling Good

Dark, dreary cold and wet, for years I had dreaded November. I know I am not alone as I hear the complaints everywhere. 

The daylight rapidly diminishes approaching the winter solstice. I notice a little sigh of relief when the snow covers everything, lights reflecting from the white brightness. Still, the snow appears to be only appreciated by the ones that embrace the winter, finding delight in getting out to ski, snowshoe, and sledding.

In this ski/bike town, it is the shoulder season. For years we would escape to warmer, brighter climates making November a new favourite. It was a chance to avoid the chilly dampness and darkness before the ski season started.

Giving November another chance, I have decided to stay home. Setting an intention to find delight, I have been pleasantly surprised by a new attitude as the lyrics of Nina Simone’s song, Feeling Good, plays in my mind.

Something has opened up when I leave the judgement behind. Appreciating what is here, I notice the colours have been changing from bright orange to deepening burnt tones while the grasses soften to light gold hues. The bare deciduous trees are showcasing the architecture of the white branches and revealing nests from the summer’s breeding. I watch the long limbs of evergreens dancing with the wind. Like a feather boa, the fog wraps intimately around the mountain’s shoulders just below the snow line.

Remembering there is never bad weather, just inappropriate clothing, I make an effort to get out daily during daylight hours. On my walks in the forest and beach, I do not run into another human, finding peace in this seclusion.

The birds are their busiest as the sun reaches the maximum of its shallow arc. The stellar jays are plentiful, gathering the last of the nuts and berries, calling and chattering, making their presence known. 

Knowing what brings me joy, I have booked a couple of nights at the theatre for live music and performance and organized a daylong silent retreat. It is a time to pick up the crochet hook and create new toques and scarfs while listening to lectures or music, cozy by the fireplace. The month is full and bringing excitement, feeling good.

Feeling Good by Nina Simone

Birds flying high, you know how I feel
Sun in the sky, you know how I feel
Breeze driftin’ on by, you know how I feel

It’s a new dawn
It’s a new day
It’s a new life for me, yeah
It’s a new dawn
It’s a new day
It’s a new life for me, ooh
And I’m feeling good

Fish in the sea, you know how I feel
River running free, you know how I feel
Blossom on the tree, you know how I feel

It’s a new dawn
It’s a new day
It’s a new life for me
And I’m feeling good

Dragonfly out in the sun, you know what I mean, don’t you know?
Butterflies all havin’ fun, you know what I mean
Sleep in peace when day is done, that’s what I mean
And this old world is a new world
And a bold world, for me

Stars when you shine, you know how I feel
Scent of the pine, you know how I feel
Oh, freedom is mine
And I know how I feel

It’s a new dawn
It’s a new day
It’s a new life for me

I’m feeling good!  

One Comment Add yours

  1. Lovely. I read an anecdote once in a feel good book. It may or may not be true, but the sentiment is right. New York socialite complaining about the terrible day. Yes, November would be perfect. Proverbial wise taxi driver: “Lady, there is no such thing. You are not owed today.”


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