I’m feeling better lately, and not so stuck. Thanks so much to the SparkFriends who reached out and offered support and suggestions. I appreciate it!
It’s easy for me to get caught up in worry and anxiety. I work from home, and most of my day is spent on the computer. I have the TV on in the background for “company,” and often watch the news. I think it’s important to stay informed, but it can get depressing too, and this led me to worrying about the future.
Then I realized it had been months since I had spent any time with friends. I see my husband each day, of course, and we usually go out for dinner once a week or so. But other than that, and trips to the grocery store, running errands, or going on walks, I hadn’t done anything out of the house for months. So, I made the effort to be more social the past several weeks. Over a two-week period, I made plans with one friend to have lunch, another friend to have dinner, and a third friend to have breakfast. It was great to chat with girlfriends, instead of just exchanging emails, and really catch up with them. It helps to hear about other people’s lives, and to talk about your own. And to laugh! That’s probably what I needed more than anything…just a lot of good laughs, to forget about my worries for a few hours.
After dinner with one friend, we walked around a greenhouse that was beside the restaurant. The colors of all the spring flowers were so intense and beautiful I decided to buy some flowers (wave petunias, marigolds, and portulaca) to plant in planters on my deck and near the front door. I thought seeing the flowers each day would remind me of my fun dinner with a friend, and that I need to stop each day for a moment to enjoy the flowers, take a breath, have a laugh, and try not to worry about tomorrow.
Stop and smell the flowers, see the beauty around you, and laugh each day. Seeing the flowers will help remind me to do that. And I need to make it a point to get together with friends more often, to share a laugh and to keep sane!
The song in my head today is, San Francisco, by Scott McKenzie.
“If you're going to San Francisco
Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair
If you're going to San Francisco
You're gonna meet some gentle people there”
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It’s also a great reminder to me, that there are still plenty of gentle people in this world.