2016 and Drained Batteries

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This year has been a rough year for a lot of people, and lately I’d have to raise both my hands in surrender and say I’m one of them. The news is saturated with serrated hostility and unavoidable tensions. If you’re looking for a bit of respite, social media is like a bullhorn right in the ear. We’ve also lost a lot of brilliant talents and innovative minds since January. I got online this morning to see a stabbing at a high school not far from where my family lived for years. Unsettling doesn’t cover it.

There’s plenty going on in our country and the world to be worried about and that should be of weighted concern, but I’ve taken to actually removing all social media apps from my phone other than email so I can find my center for a few hours before bed. If that doesn’t say something, I don’t know what does. I’ve put myself in timeout from the internet after 6 p.m. because 2016 has lost its damn mind.

I don’t believe in sugarcoating problems. So this post isn’t going to have gifs of rolling kittens and otters holding hands. Although we could probably all use them about now.

But I do think that things can always get better. It takes a bit of looking sometimes, but there are things to be found in a day to make it less bleak. I can’t tell anyone else what those things are for them.

For me lately, it’s petting my nine year old puppy. He doesn’t have a clue about anything other than mealtime, so he’s always good for a snuggle and a crooked smile at me.

For me lately, it’s looking at pictures of corny ocean sunsets or turning up the music while making dinner. It’s a hot cup of coffee or the therapeutic power of a grilled cheese. It’s when my girls fall into a giggle fit because they think they’ve successfully planted a Whoopee cushion to my detriment. It’s a Netflix binge or spotting a book at the library I’ve been wanting to read.

I don’t know what will cheer you up, only that for the sake of everyone’s mental health it’s imperative to take the time to find something or someone around us that isn’t a combustible trash-fire. We need something uplifting, something funny, something hopeful to offset a lot of very real issues that aren’t going away anytime soon.

It’s important to be involved in the world, and I know the problems around us don’t go away by simply turning off the computer or checking out. But none of us can be a part of positive change in our community or country if we don’t recharge here and there. Your personal battery power is important.

Don’t let the negative win. Rest up and refuel, so when you suit up for the day and pull on your life-kicking boots, you’re doing so at 100%.

 

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I couldn’t agree more.

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