life

Hello! It’s Me Again!

 

 

I haven’t been on social media much over the past year.  Outside of sharing images on Instagram, I’ve pretty much avoided the whole scene.  I grew tired of all the nastiness that seemed to pop up everywhere.  I couldn’t get past how vicious some people could be.  The trolls were making me lose my faith in humanity.  So – I stepped back.  I took a much-needed break and I refocused my energies.

Volunteering with the homeless shelter reminded me of all my blessings.

Seeing my husband retire from his job as a law enforcement officer filled me with gratitude.  After years of calls – he came home.  Safely.

Photography classes reminded me that the world is beautiful – as are most people.

After being stuck in an office all week, I treasure the time I have outdoors.  This weekend the weather was perfect for getting out the camera and having a little shutter time.

One of my favorite places to visit is the New Hanover Arboretum.   I find it so relaxing. The flowers, the water feature, the animals – they all work together to take visitors to another place far away from troubles and worries – to a place where imagination rules and happiness abounds.arboretum 1

Here’s wishing you a wonderful day!  May happiness find you!

-Deb

Note:  I wasn’t the recipient of the nastiness – just an observor who felt heartsick at what I witnessed.

 

 

Life Is For Living

Life is for living…

                       Not just existing…

                                                  I knew this – but somehow, I’d fallen into a rut.

Remember that saying –

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy

bike ridingThere’s a lot of truth in that old adage.

I’m not saying that work isn’t important.   On the contrary, work is meaningful and significant.   BUT – if we’re not careful, we can be bogged down by all those responsibilities.

Play on the other hand, tends to get overlooked.  It’s the first thing we cut from our schedules because we’re grown-ups and we do grown-up things and grown-ups tend to sacrifice the fun things…  And we pay the price:

Stress

Fatigue

Unhappiness

I understood the principle of play as a kid.  I worked (chores).  I played and if I could, I played as I worked. My days were filled with laughter and adventures.  Life was good.

Then – something awful happened.  I grew up.  I forgot the secrets of my youth  – when anything and everything was possible.  Play became a nice-ity not a necessity.   STRESS became my constant companion and the truth of the matter is this – it was no one’s fault but my own.

I’ve learned that I have to take care of me.  

I write.

I get off the highways and drive the back roads.

I plan day trips and/or weekend excursions.  (They don’t have to be expensive – but it is amazing how having something to look forward to can improve your outlook.)

Saturday cleaning?  Gone the way of the do-do bird.  Thursday nights work just as good and my weekends are free!

In short, I’m learning (it’s a daily thing) that kids have it right.  Playtime may be the most important time of the day!  

So what about you?  What do you do to let go of the stress and reclaim the joy in your life?