Some Random Thoughts

You may have noticed that my posts have been intermittent. First when I don’t have a subject I do not write. Also, I have been doing quite a bit of reading. The list of books I have read mostly deal with one subject matter, the man in the White House. I have gone back to hard cover rather than E-Books. There is something about actually feeling the pages when you turn them.

It has also been difficult for me to write at times because of pain generating from my hip. I can only sit at the lap top for a limited time. My medications at supper time usually means that I do not post much after about six at night.

I went to receive a flu shot. The pharmacist said they are expecting a high turn out for it. She also mentioned that this winter presents a troublesome worry, will people be able to distinguish between the flu and Covid-19. This could overwhelm the ERs in some cities.

Some provinces are returning to shut downs because of the numbers are on the rise with positive infections. I believed that lifting some restrictions was premature. I understand that people want to get back to their lives the way it was before the pandemic. Here in Saskatchewan there are reports of Covid-19 appearing in the school system. This leaves me with great concern about my grandchildren, but, in all children in general.

So dear reader these are just some random thoughts about what has been occupying my mind lately.

Still Can Learn

“The way for a young man to rise is to improve himself in every way he can, never suspecting that anybody wishes to hinder him.” – Abraham Lincoln


Every once in awhile I need something to inspire me, to motivate me. It is easy to allow myself to enter into rut. It’s too easy just to sit in front of the television without any substance in the program. My body is on the couch or in bed but my mind is a total blank, something like one would see in the old television series, “Twilight Zone”.

I believe it was this past Thursday I either read or heard it that President Lincoln had no formal education, but was a lawyer before he was assassinated. That was like a punch to my forehead.

The other day while reading a post on Ashley’s blog Mental Health@Home she did a book review “Don’t Believe Everything You Feel“. So, I turned on my Fire 7 tablet, searched for the book, bought the e-book and now I am in the midst of reading it.

With the onslaught of winter approaching means it is time to read even more. I love reading the headlines in the papers, the blogs here on WordPress. My interests vary widely in what I read everything from biographies, crime, how to’s, all things Bible.

So dear reader, if President Lincoln can teach himself law to become a lawyer, I guess I can do my best to keep on learning!

The Best Investment Plan

“Invest time and energy in your well being. Create an atmosphere of emotional safety for yourself.”
― Amy Leigh Mercree


If there is one thing I have learned about surviving depression is that it is on me to maintain my emotional health. I need to spend time, effort, and diligence so that I do not backslide into depression causing me to have to start again.

It is not up to others to make sure that I am taking care. Yes, they can express their concern, asking me how I am doing. Yet, they have no power to twist my arm to invest in my well being.

Some things I have done to invest in my good mental health:

  • Admit that I need help, then seek out the help
  • Listen to the Physicians, Psychiatrists, Mental Health Nurses
  • Also listen to others who also have/or are dealing with depression
  • Find safe outlets to have a place to express your feelings, or your thoughts
  • I found ways to enhance my mental health. I chose blogging, reading, and when able cooking and baking.
  • I have learned to shut out all influences that may trigger the wrong responses that may harm my mental stability
  • When I slip/fail I have learned not to stay down, but, get back up and learn from those failures.
  • Just keep an open mind to things that I can add to my to-do list that will bring me to my desired outcome.

I cannot tell you, promise, guarantee that what I have done will work for you. These are just some steps that I took to invest in my good mental health.

So dear reader here is what I can guarantee you, the best investment you can ever make is to invest in you!


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Feel Inspired?

You’re always going to write and draw inspiration from things that you’re feeling, things that you’ve felt. It’s kind of impossible not to unless you’re writing a song and there’s an exact scenario that you’re trying to write a song for. Harry Styles
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The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done: and there is no new thing under the sun.[emphasis mine]


I read quite a few blog posts each and every day, the one thing that stands out and amazes me is, where does everyone find so much inspiration. No two posts are the same, whether in structure, wording, style, category.

So I ask myself where do you find inspiration?

  • Art
  • Music
  • Poetry
  • Television
  • News
  • Reading
  • Dreams
  • Nightmares
  • Personal Life
  • Experiences
  • Friend

As you can see the above list is quite lengthy, I am sure there are others that can be added.

Sometimes I find myself struggling in this category, like today I started a post with a certain subject only to realize I have written about it not that long ago. Therefore this post came from that moment.

So dear reader I would ask you to take a moment and tell me in the comment area where do you find your inspiration?


Write, Right, Or Read First.

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Read, read, read. Read everything – trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it.
Then write. If it’s good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out of the window.” 
― William Faulkner  Quotes About Writing

I have been doing some reading.  Read a best seller about “Trump the stable genius”, one about tyranny, and now reading George Orwell’s book “1984”.

I honestly love to read, prefer hard copy, but sometimes the price dictates for me so at times I have to use the Kindle E-Book.

Somewhere in my memory is the thought that conveyed that if a man reads he can self educate.  I have looked to find the exact quote so I can give it the proper author.

I still use the methods learned in high school about how to structure an essay, etc.,  The other part of me is still to tie in the ending with the beginning thought. 

Then, there is still part of me about ministerial pastoral to leave a message on a positive note.

I can understand for some taking time to read would be such a luxury.  They have such a hectic life with many activities the whole day.  So, maybe if one can, steal away some time to pick up a book and read.

Reading allows me to escape into a world other than my own.  A time to forget the pressures that are on me day and night.  It allows my brain to switch focus, gives my mind something other than bi-polar information.

I write for it is for me in many ways that curbs my random, scattered shot thoughts.  I can express my thoughts in an orderly fashion.  Yes, there are extra benefits, when people read they can click “like” or share their thoughts in the comment section under a post.

I write that shapes my focus away from the news of the day.  At the moment there is only so much a person can take about how many new infections, or how many died during a twenty-four period.

Writing is a release valve on depression, like the valve used on pressure cookers.

So, here it is the ending to this post!  I just wanted to give you a bit more insight of what truly makes me tick!

 

Cabin Fever Anyone?

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Where do we enroll in Life 101? Where are the classes dealing with the loss of a job, the death of a loved one, the failure of a relationship? Unfortunately, those lessons are mostly learned through trial by fire and the school of hard knocks. Les Brown
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Over the past several days I have decided to make the most of being mandated stay indoors.


Here are some of the things I am doing to combat my cabin fever:

  • Exploring new music sounds. i.e., some forms of soft rock
  • New authors, new books different than I would normally seek out.
  • Avoid watching too many news channels
  • Take up again some of my crafts.  i.e. this is one you’ll find funny, I crochet afghans

Those are things I am doing to maintain my mental health 

So, I am curious on what you are doing to maintain your mental health?

On The Lookout!

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I feel confident imposing change on myself. It’s a lot more fun progressing than looking back. That’s why I need to throw curve balls. David Bowie
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For this post I decided to do something a little different.  I have written about how and why I write.  

Now I would like to jot down some things I look for when I read other blogs.  They may contain all or just one or two.  Then I would like to hear what you look for.

  • Is it relevant
  • Do I relate to it
  • Does it contain information that I can use
  • How do I feel while reading it
  • Would I like to read more from the same blogger
  • Is it a blog that I would tell others about

Those are just some things that I may look for in blogs.

Ask yourself, what is it that I look for in a blog?

Now For Something Different

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Here is something that I have been doing lately finding it quite interesting.  Giving me hours of material to read.

Within the WordPress reader I just pick at random any subject, not one that I am interested in, hit the search and just start reading.

I have found some great writing comparable to going to your local library.  If I find a post that I like I click the “like”.  Some blogs I decide to follow.

Go ahead, try it, expand your horizon!