After The Storm You See A Naked Man

by Sherry Riter in Depression,Motivation,Other  

Motivational Lift

Tonight I was trapped at work because of violent storms accompanied by a tornado watch. With the winds whipping, lightening like the noon day sun and thunder cracking, I sat quietly at my desk wishing I had left on time. Just when I had decided that I might just do a little walking in the rain, we were all advised to remain inside until it blew past us.

The seventeen year old daughter who swears that I am over protective, called me no less than ten times to ask, “Are you still doing okay?” Her sweet voice was so excited about the booming thunder and lightening. She sounded like a little girl again. It truly wasn’t that long ago that she was just a child, but to her it feels much different.

As the storm raged outside and everything basically stopped, I thought about grief, pain, depression, trials and hardships. When they happen, we all want the world to stop.


Be still.

Not move.

It doesn’t.

Even our immediate surroundings don’t stop.

Plants grow.

The air conditioner fan comes on and goes off.

People knock at the door.

The turtle tank makes the dribbling noise.

No matter how many covers we have on top our head or how dark the room may be, life just keeps on going.

So what do we do when we don’t want to exist one minute longer?

Last, but definitely not the least,

  • Cultivate your hope that there will be happier times.

Stepping out of the car when I got home, I looked at the sky in amazement. Less than two hours previously, it looked as if the world was ending and now…

Well, it just proves that we should always remember, “This too shall pass.”

Sunset after the storm
No color enhancement used.
This was one of the most beautiful skies I have ever seen.

Are you still looking for the naked man? Maybe you didn’t click all the links I gave you above. Maybe you blinked too fast. Maybe The Redhead Riter is just a sassy, older woman who is pulling your leg!

The Redhead Riter

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Sherry Riter is also known as The Redhead Riter. Sherry is witty, intelligent and addictive as she writes about cooking, family, marriage, failures, blogging tips, art, humor, inspiration, travel, PTSD and aging. Her goal is to inspire, motivate, educate and to make her audience laugh. Sherry embraces being a redhead and helps others to see the redhead point of view…"In some eras redheads were worshipped while others thought us witches. Personally, I like the former and think every day is 'Love a redhead day!'" She can also be found on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, StumbleUpon, Linkedin, tweeting as @TheRedheadRiter and you can subscribe to her free blog feed.

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

1 TJ August 6, 2010 at 4:23 am

you are so beautiful, I went back and listened to BJ, age is cruel. We should stay young always. your post touch your moms heart, you are my little girl


2 -c-h-i-e August 6, 2010 at 6:50 am

Hahahaha…i forgot about the old naked man but I know the Redhead Riter wouldn't post a naked man so I clicked and read your blog 😉 lovely post and thanks for the reminder…

i just posted a blog that is from the past


3 Cheryl August 6, 2010 at 11:40 am

You're right, that sky is beautiful! Following you now from BlogFrog, looking forward to keeping up with your blog! : )


4 Life's Essentials August 6, 2010 at 12:36 pm

I love your blog!! I too am a redhead! Interesting how redheads seem to have a bond, isn't it? Or…. at least I always feel a little tug at my heart when I see another redhead. I've wondered, do other redheads feel like that too?
Good day!!


5 The Redhead Riter August 6, 2010 at 1:31 pm

TJ – Thank you Mom.

-c-h-i-e – LOL yes, you know me well! I would NOT post a naked man LOL

Cheryl – Thank you! I'm glad you found me or was me who found you? LOL

Life's Essentials – I feel the same way too when I see another redhead. I wonder why we feel that way? Is it because there are so few of us? Do we just relate because we know all the childhood teasing that person had to endure? Maybe we were all just best friends in heaven? One of those things that just makes you go hmmmmmmmm Glad you're here!


6 Tinkmom August 6, 2010 at 2:17 pm

Amazing post and beautifully said. I have a friend who will truly benefit from reading his one and I will drag his tush in here later to see it.

Thanks for sharing your insight!


7 katlupe August 6, 2010 at 3:38 pm

I have tears in my eyes reading your Mom's post! I know I don't have to tell you this……….but I hope every daughter treasures those moments with her Mother! I miss mine so much…..she was my best friend and closest supporter. Sorry! Your post was not about being depressed. I'm not, I just loved what your Mother wrote to you. Love you Red!


8 The Redhead Riter August 6, 2010 at 5:11 pm

Tinkmom – Thank you!

Katlupe – I'm sorry your mom is gone and although it may not be much comfort, some day you will get to be with her again. I truly believe that we can be with our families when we pass from this world. I do love my mother and she has been my biggest fan. I couldn't have done anything without knowing she was behind me. ? and big {{{{HUGS}}}} for you today Katlupe.


9 ForestAddy August 6, 2010 at 7:00 pm

Great post. Love it


10 mymoho August 6, 2010 at 9:08 pm

Amazing post. Well written (ritten…lol). Following you from Blog Frog. Looking forward to reading more posts!



11 ModistaModesta August 7, 2010 at 2:10 am

What a wonderful post, I to forgot all about the naked man after the first sentence! The sunset is Beautiful.


12 The Redhead Riter August 7, 2010 at 11:27 am

ForestAddy and MyMoHo – Thank you!

ModistaModesta – You forgot about the naked man? LOL LOL LOL Too funny!


13 Sandy August 7, 2010 at 4:24 pm

Depression is a terrible thing. I do have it every now and then. Now being the time right now. I appreciate your links and words of hope RHR!! I am always inspired when I visit your site.

When you put to remember "This too shall pass" I want to share that I made a bracelet with just those words. Its a constant reminder to get you through those tough times. And SALE coupon for all my blogger friends! Put in code BLOGGER 25% and get 25% off anything on my website, but this link will go to a picture and info on This too Shall Pass.



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