“Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.”
—Marie Curie (1867-1934)
Chemist, Physicist, Nobel Prize Winner
—Marie Curie (1867-1934)
Chemist, Physicist, Nobel Prize Winner
I was seriously hoping to travel to Oregon to see my BFF and a brother this year. I haven’t seen my BFF in ages and my brother is getting up in years, so it’s important to SEE these people.
I think about these, relatively speaking, small inconveniences, and several emotions rush over me. Pain, hopelessness, helplessness and sorrow. I find myself grieving for a world that seems, every day, to be pushed further off the edge of the cliff, about to fall into the vast abyss of extinction.
It’s hard to reconcile what’s happening in the world right now, not just with COVID, but the natural disasters, wars, etc. I shake my head in disbelief, realizing that we are indeed living through unprecedented times.
What to do?
You can either let this kind of situation destroy you, or you can deal with it. There are several ways to deal with it. First of all, you must do your best to carve out a small piece of beauty, positivity, or love. Your immediate space, your well being, is the first and foremost of importance. If you don’t take care of yourself, you can’t take care of anyone else.
I live a very quiet life. Therefore, isolation is probably not as difficult for me as it is for others. I do my best to find pleasure in the simple things. I spend time in the back yard puttering around in my flower beds. I play with my dog. I have craft projects and household DIY projects that never seem to end. And I go back and forth from home to work and back again.
Turn off the media! I understand wanting to keep up with friends, or current events, but a constant barrage of the news and misinformation will do nothing good for you. Take it in small doses. I listen to just a little bit of the news in the morning, until the weather forecast comes on. Then I shut it off. In that few minutes, I have heard enough of the major headlines that I need to hear. The rest, I don’t need.
Be prepared. Have at least a 3 day supply of emergency food and water on hand for each person in your household, for those unexpected disasters. Floods, tornados, hurricanes, etc., etc. These are just a few things that could happen to any one of us! This a wonderful website for information.
Want to help? Wanting to help can be an overwhelming feeling, the helplessness is massive. Do what you can. There as SO many things that simply cannot be controlled by you or me. Even the smallest of things can make an impact. Donate to a homeless shelter, sew masks for those that are without, or volunteer at a local food bank. Check with your local library, community center or schools to find out what is needed in your area. BE THERE for that friend or loved one that needs an ear to bend or a shoulder to lean on. These seem miniscule, but they MATTER.
Talk to someone! This is probably the most important thing you can do for your own well being. If you are down, depressed, just having a hard time coping with things these days, you’re certainly not alone. You need to be able to express these feelings. Find someone that you can confide in. A friend, relative, someone at your church, etc. If you simply don’t have anyone that you can talk to, there are a number of resources that are to be found. Below are a few:
The Suicide Prevention Hotline, available 24/7 is 1-800-273-8255
A terrific website on this can be found HERE.
There is a site specifically to help our veterans. Find that site HERE.
Is talking to someone too much for you? It was for me in the past. There is a Crisis Text Line. Text 741741 and you can text with a counselor.
Want to do an online chat? There’s a site for that too. Find it HERE.
You can even TWEET with a crisis counselor at @800273TALK on Twitter.
HERE is a link to many international phone #’s for Suicide Prevention.
This is a British number to help Children in crisis. 0800111
My page on Mental Health Help can be found HERE, if you would like to read more on this subject.
I didn’t intend to get so long-winded here, but I felt that there is so much that needs to be shared. I could go on and on! I hope that something I said here may have sparked something in you. Hopefully something that will help you deal with what ever difficulty you are having right now. I know it’s of small consolation, but you are not alone in this.
Take care and stay safe out there. Thank you for joining me on this journey. Penny ❤
Copyright (C) 2021 Penny Wilson
THIS A REBLOG from Words Of An Average White Male’s blog. Please enjoy this brilliant piece of work and spend some time on David’s blog! You’ll be glad that you did!
At some point we learn to limit the pain we allow. Since no one forces us to feel, we must choose what and how to suffer. Brilliantly we will, whether we like it or not, allow a chosen few behind our walls and beyond. In a way, aren’t we our own vault? Much less private […]Limits On Pain. And Suffering — Words Of An Average White Male
—Brené Brown (born 1965)
American Scholar, Author, And Public Speaker
Like a fool
I let you in
I forgot the taste
of your poison
I drank it down
My heart in the line
At this distance
I thought I was safe
My heart should
listen to my head
Your poison still
cuts as deep
Copyright © Penny Wilson 2021
Pieces of paper that hold a link to the past.
The edges are curled; they won’t lay flat.
In shades of grey and black they are bound to the page.
Eyes that no longer see, from a long ago age.
My history, I’m told, in the faces of that time.
The images are cold; frozen in time.
These strangers we cling to, a link to the past.
We long to connect; a link to be grasped.
We close the album pages; trusting again
We’re leaving a link, for our family & friends.
Copyright © 2017 Penny Wilson
REBLOG: This is a Reblog from Morgan’s beautiful blog BookNVolume. Please be sure to spend some time at her blog and enjoy this gorgeous piece of brilliance. ❤
Plighted before the worlds began, Before I became Woman, Before You became Man. Sharing One Breath, Accord Incarnate; Breathing Together, Our Inseparable Fate. Created as One, by birth Divided, Always Seeking the Other, Our Destiny Guided. Living without You, OH Loneliest state; Reunification Our Unalterable Fate. Changeless as the Eternal Sea I, Longing for You; […]One Fate – #LovePoetry of #SoulMates and #TwinSpirits — Booknvolume
what my heart
Drunk with yearning
You tempt me
As your sweetness
passes my lips
Angel and demon,
You have taken
Copyright (C) 2018 Penny Wilson
I know that this is a repeat, but I just couldn’t resist! I hope you enjoyed. 🙂
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