Friday, January 18, 2008


In an effort to cheer up my folks, I suggested I drive them to eat catfish-about 200 miles or so away. It was a long drive, we started at 8 and we ate fish. But no one hurt anyone else's feelings or got particularly bent out of shape.

We were all in the same vibe-bummed out by the cold and trying not to be. And, optimist that I am, I think there is value in trying to cheer yourself up even when you don't quit succeed. I know I feel better because I tried, and not quite defeated because I didn't succeed, because I am sure I will try again, and eventually succeed.


Forever Young said...

as i am struggling with my 'family' right now, i can empathise so much with these posts, i guess we will keep trying, won't we...sometimes i ask myself 'why?' as i know you do too.

Mim said...

Deb - I so agree with that idea. Sometimes it is very hard to keep yourself "up" but you have to try, by all methods. I always whistle a small tune to myself and then FORCE myself to be a bit cheery and usually I find myself happy without having to work at it. Of course there are sometimes when I just need to give into the blues, but as long as they don't last too long, don't intefere with my daily life I allow myself those indulgences.

Debra Kay said...

I really think we have the power to choose more than we allow ourself to choose. Things like how we feel, how we approach things. Of course, there is a fine line between choosing to be upbeat and burying your emotions...aaaagh why does life have to be so complex?

Of course, even in saying that I've caught myself looking for the "answer"...which is maybe the biggest lie of all. Maybe there is no final answer, just how you handled this thing at that right or wrong.