feeling like they are on sensory overload?
Everywhere I look I see stories and articles and videos about the mess we are in and how the next world war is likely just around the corner. Some of it is true and some is not. Some of it keeps us informed and some is just click bait. But it seems like no matter where I look, it is getting more difficult to find anything good in our situation. And I know that I am guilty of posting similar things.
My morning routine is to pour a mug of coffee and check the online news to see what new horrors are being thrust upon us. And lately I find myself spending more time online than I should. I don't know about anyone else, but a steady diet of doom and gloom can send a person down the slippery slope into depression. And I haven't got enough time left to waste on 'poor, pitiful me' thoughts.
Everyone has things in their lives that bring them joy. One of my daughters and her man just spent several days at their cabin on a lakeshore. Disconnect from work. No Wifi. No cell phone service. Drive into town to use both. Play with their new puppy. Good for them!
My son and his wife just spent a few days in Arizona. Farmed the one son still at home and the dog out to Grandpa and Grandma. Just the two of them. They FaceTimed me to show me the beautiful red rock cliffs of Sedona. Both work so hard and a mini vacation was needed. And my heart is happy to see this couple who have been married well over 20 years and who still like each other!
Me...I need to stay in touch with what is happening in our world for it could easily have an effect on us all. But at the same time I need to stay sane enough to make good decisions should the time come when those decisions could mean life and death.
I once had an acquaintance who remarked when I said I was too busy for whatever event she had planned, "How can you be busy. You're retired!" Honey, get comfortable. I'll tell you!
I will be canning more chicken and hamburger next week. I am in the process of sewing little pieces of fabric together to make quilts. (Snow flurries are predicted for this weekend. Good grief!) I am writing down family stories - mostly about my parents and grandparents - because my kids have shown an interest in them and maybe some day so will my grands. There is a boat load of information being entered into my genealogy program so my family will know where they came from.
Staying busy works to keep me relatively happy. Whatever works to keep you as sane as possible is a good thing. These days when we have a truck load of lies, deceit and just plain bs headed our way on a daily basis, we need to deal with it while still keeping from losing our minds.
I find that prayer works the best of all.