We all have times in life when things don't really feel like they are going our way. Whether it's in our lovelives, work, family issues, financial troubles, health, or whatever. Are there any particular quotes, poems, songs, sayings, or maybe something else that helps pick you up? Makes you feel strong enough to keep coping? Reminds you that life is a journey you might as well enjoy? I'd love to hear from everyone on this topic.
Lots of different things help. It depends on the time of year. If I can plant a flower or take a nice walk helps some times. Spending time playing with the dog, listening to good music,but most of all having a good chat with a close friend helps.
When things seem to all go wrong in my life, I can always count on my grand daughter. She would give me a hug a kiss on the cheek and tell me that everything will be OK. I know at that moment nothing is as bad as it seems, when I have that kind of unconditional love around me. Then we will go shopping. There's nothing like a new outfit.
Personally, I climb in the car and drive around singing showtunes at the top of my lungs. Personal favorite: Down with Love! If I'm just moody then I sing lots of Annie Lennox, Sarah Mclaughlin, and country. The upbeatness of some of my music (the show tunes) helps me find the situation funny again. Otherwise I read the Tanach and get encouraged by what I read.
Lyrics for Down with Love:
Down with love the flowers and rice and shoes!
Down with love, the root of all midnight blues!
Down with things that give you that well-known pain
Take that moon wrap it in cellophane
Down with love let's liquidate all its friends
The Moon the June the roses and rainbow's ends
Down with songs that moan about nightingales
Down with love yes take it away, away
Take it away... Take it away...
Give it back to the birds and bees and the Viennese
Down with eyes romantic and stupid
Down with sighs and down with cupid
Brother let's stuff that dove
Down with love
A long drive in the country, with rock music on the stereo, a long hot soak in the bath with a glass of wine and the music on..and lots of indulgent oils and bubble bath!!
Oh..and the usual...peanut M n M's
If I ever happen to have a bad day, I force myself to work out first (get rid of some of that steam instead of indulging in munchies like I really want), grab a romance novel, light a few candles, and soak in the bathtub. It seems that everything just melts away then...*smiles*
I have learned to be thankful when I am down. I just start thanking God for the little things like clean sheets, rain (we don't get much of that in So. Cal.), friends and family who do love me unconditionally. It gets easier as you go and while the problem may not be solved, somehow you know you're going to be just fine.
When I'm down I'll call up a friend and go shoot some pool and drink a few beers. If I don't feel like going to the pub though I'll play some video/computer games and pretend that the baddies I'm zapping are whoever or whatever has got me down!