Here is a photo of the memento I put together from my trip. I took a little triangular glass jar, put some blue colored sand at the bottom, placed my favorite shells in the jar, wrapped a blue ribbon around the neck of the jar, then attached a glass starfish charm and a label entitled "Hope" to the ribbon. Voila - something to remind me that there is always reason to hope, even when things appear hopeless.
Why "71º & Sunny?"
I consider 71º to be the perfect temperature. Not too cold and not too hot. I also love perfect sunny days. The vast majority of days are not 71º & Sunny and yet, all days were created by God's hand and they are still gifts, even if they don't fit my ridiculous definition of perfection. My struggle with OCD has at times imprisoned me in an impossible attempt to achieve perfection. I'm now learning to love all kinds of days that don't even come close to 71º & Sunny.
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