Seven months are gone now and surprisingly I am still plugging along with this challenge to post about my happiness and gratitude every day this year. August brings the state fair here in Iowa and lots of heat and humidity. It is the time to see the back to school shopping start with kids dreading it and parents loving it. As I continue my challenge I hope you will take a minute to reflect on your day too. You can even share your happiness and gratitude here in the comments or on your own blog. There is good in every day!
Another day… another afternoon with Special Reports from the news desk breaking into programming on television, news updates on Facebook and radio DJ’s talking of more hate in the world. My anxiety and depression make it hard to watch the news. Being a compassionate human makes it hard to watch the news. So I stepped a little out of my norm for the daily prompt post I made for unfurl (A New Flag). I find it so discouraging to see how little value people put in human lives… unless they are ____(fill in the blank).
To try to counter all that, I find myself listening to music tonight. Trying to find answers to why. I saw my therapist this afternoon and talked a little about the news of the week. And I know he is right in saying there are more good people than bad in the world… some weeks it is hard to believe it though. So I sit here and try to find music that gives me hope. Try to write out the words of hurt and pain. Grateful my friends and family are all safe tonight… and saying a prayer for those who aren’t.
I had a moment today of happiness when I shared some time with my Dad. He seemed in a better mood tonight than he has been and we had a nice talk while I fixed him dinner and he ate it. With him at 81 I worry those talks will not be available much longer.
I am going to try to read some more posts before it gets too late. Stress can wear me out and it has been a stressful day with the newscasts. Remember to find your happiness and feel your gratitude. Have a good night/day!