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Cranky with a side of hope

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Have you ever felt like you had run out of hope? Where everything just irritated you? Where cranky was a constant state of mind? Yeah, me neither.  But, if you had, how would you have gotten yourself out of the rut?

Some subscribe to the “It’s Better to Give than Receive” school of thought.  Some say giving has its own rewards.  Still others would tell me to sit down and be quiet.

But, having read about someone who had this happen to them, once, I thought it might be something that at least one other soul has dealt with.

My guess is helping someone else with a somewhat mundane task, say, stacking wood or cooking someone a meal (a new parent or someone who has a sick member of their family, for example), writing someone a note to let them know you’re thinking of them after a hard time or in advance of a surgery might benefit both parties.  These are just some possible choices for helping to bring about a change in the atmosphere.

In glancing down my Facebook feed I note one of several tones: rabid fear and vitriol at the thought of our new state of affairs (coming to an Inauguration near you, this Friday), a giddy jubilation at the thought of the new regime or a blatant “la la la, I can’t hear you and refuse to comment in any way shape or form political” frame of mind.

It makes me think of a quote I read that said, “Father in heaven, please help us to remember that anything that frightens us comes with an invitation to find the strength of knowing and trusting You.”

Now isn’t that the truth? Faith doesn’t equal understanding or even agreement.  It is the knowledge that God has got this.

One of the thoughts that got me through some of the more uncomfortable military situations we found ourselves in was, “Love it or loathe it, this too shall pass.”

So, how do you keep on keeping on when you just don’t feel like it (i.e. in say, January and February)?

Novelling in 30 days or fewer

This little ditty really makes you think. I CAN do this. It’s things like this that keep pushing me forward on this year’s NaNoWriMo. I’m trying to catch up.

Note to self: DON’T get behind next year and DO outline before November 1st (or 14th). I will not only Survive, but Thrive, baby!

What gives you the kick you need at just the right moment?

Words to live by…

Watched the movie “Coach Carter” this week.  (Three thumbs up!)  In it, one of the players finally answers the question the Coach keeps inquiring of his players…What is your deepest fear?

 Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine as children do. It’s not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own lights shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

This quote can be applied to so many facets of life.  Call it the February Blahs, but I’m having a hard time with sticktoitiveness these days.  Feeling a bit mired in quicksand.  Glad we’ve got a small vaca in the offing.  Anyway, wanted to share my “find” with you all.