Halcyon days. That’s what’s on my mind lately. Halcyon days are those times in our lives that seem so enchanting, almost perfect. Summers at the beach. That first magical kiss and young love blossoming afterwards. Playing baseball with dad. Feeling passion and purpose and riding a high wave of productivity.
The term Halcyon days was coined by the Greeks. Myth has it that a Halcyon is actually a bird…a type of kingfisher. As legend goes, after this bird lays its eggs the next two weeks before they hatch are the most peaceful, calm, magical days upon land and sea. Over time, this legend morphed into a phrase, and folks started saying…’those were our Halcyon days’ to describe a time in life that was serene, prosperous and blissful.
Truthfully, I’ve been in a terrible funk lately. It happens. We all go through spells of droopy blues. My brand of poopy moods came in the form of thinking my best days are behind me. I know, logically and spiritually this is ludicrous thinking. Nevertheless, for various reasons lately it feels like my efficacy is diluted, my relevance morphed into irrelevance, my purpose grown pale and my voice unheard in the din of all the screaming in the world.
But you know me…I’ve got silver linings stitched all over the place…can’t stand being a ‘Debbie Downer’. So I started thinking about those perceived Halcyon days and learned a few things…
1) Be grateful for having the chance to experience joy and good times,
2) Halcyon, like the bird in the Greek myth lay eggs more than one season! That means there must be a future season of joy on the horizon,
3) Even at the height of feeling insignificant and ineffective…that’s the time to be present and seek the beauty right in front of me.
I hope this rings some bells for you and helps in some way.
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