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Holidays are exciting for the young at
We look forward to
all of the activity and enjoy it! We spend money and give to all who we love!
Even the many people who are alone, aren't lonely! They have found the secret of enjoying themselves as the 'best company' ever! No fighting, no screaming, no one to turn on the tv or lights and then leave the room! All is good once a person learns to love their alone time!
And everything looks perfect in Quigglesville, on the outside, that is! (I painted this while I was in Quigglesville, PA by the way, and yes, it looks just like this!!)
Others are surrounded by people and still they are lonely.
Whassup with that?
Not many people really listen.
Facts prove that though more suicides happen in spring, during this time of year, psychiatric hospital beds are maxed out, homeless shelters turn people away for lack of room.
I'M NO EXPERT, BUT OBSERVATION TELLS ME, others battle depression, anxiety, fear about spending money, and many other things can come into play.
Dysfunctional family dynamics can be a BIG part of the unhappiness. Most of us live in total dysfunction, too!
If you say you do not have a dysfunctional family, then you are probably in denial, according to the latest polls taken!
So, what are a few things we can do to ensure our sanity and make the most of the holidays?
Let go of controlling others! Controlling my food and exercise is a huge job! and I can barely handle that! I don't need to control anyone or anything else!
Loose all expectations! Expectations can ruin even a well functioning family!
Learn to say no and mean it. Practice it in front of the mirror so you get good at it!
Be thankful for every small thing.
My hope is that my spark friends will let go of unreal expectations, and enjoy what is around them at this moment.
It's easy to become complacent on days when the weather is bad.
Let's practice learning to be thankful on bad weather days, because GOD created it! SNOW & ALL!
I am thankful for the beauty of the snow:
The sound of baby crying or dancing or laughing!
My daughters incessant talking/skyping in my room!
I am thankful for children who may or may not think to call today!
I am thankful for the sun that shines by day and the moon by night!