I carry my shade with me? What do I mean by that? Well, simply put, as I walk around Las Cruces during my daily rounds I walk under the shade of my pink umbrella. We are still in the throes of summer here in the southwest borderland and daily temps can get to the high 90’s. The sun can be so hot that you could fry an egg on the sidewalk within seconds of the gooey mess landing. What a visual! Since I have that visual in my mind every day that I venture forth around town I realize I don’t want my skin to look like that fried egg. Sunscreen is not real good for my sinuses. My nose stuffs up every time I use sunscreen on my face, so, that means sunscreen is not a solution for me to keep my skin protected.
I was puzzled about what to do when one day I spied my umbrella. I know, you might also agree with my first inclination which was to promptly speak out to myself and say. “Are you kidding?” “An umbrella is used when it rains!” “Not when it is sunshiny and in the 90’s.” Then it hit me like a bolt of lightening. After all, this is monsoon season and we do get lightening strikes and sometimes on a daily basis. Therefore an idea hitting me like a bolt of lightening is quite appropriate. There I was in my room having this discussion with myself when the “aha” moment hit me. Of course I can use my rain umbrella for a sun umbrella. I remember seeing the Asian women where I lived in San Jose, California carrying an umbrella for shade during the summers. The summer temperatures in San Jose rarely rose above the mid- eighties so I myself never felt the need for a sun umbrella. But here in Las Cruces, New Mexico it is a completely different story. Now every day, as I walk around town, I thank the women I saw in California for giving me the brilliant idea of my sun umbrella. By the way, as I walk under the shade of my pink umbrella I am also prepared for the summer rain storm that can hit without warning. We are in the monsoon season after all and now, I not only carry my shade with me I also carry my protection against any and all possible rain plops that may come my way. Since I have been using my sun umbrella I have seen other brilliant women carrying their shade with them as well. Hooray for our brilliance!!
I love metaphors and I just can’t let this metaphor go by the wayside. I’ve been thinking that when we consciously live our lives on our Spiritual path then that is like carrying our shade with us during the hot summer days and carrying our rain plop protection during the rainy season.