I realise that I’ve been away for a bit, but I’ve been absolutely overwhelmed with a good number of things. Recently, my therapist asked me to explain it to her.
“Put it into words for me,” she said, “Paint me a picture.” So, I did with these words: Think about your worst Christmas shopping experience ever … all of the people, the hustle and bustle, the rudeness, the lack of any happiness from those around you … that’s my overwhelmed, I told her.
I haven’t been spinning out of control nor have I been unhappy, but just overwhelmed by so many things that I have -truly – no control over whatsoever. The lack of control, for me, is a feeling of helplessness — a feeling I loathe beyond measure.
That helplessness is what overwhelms me; however, throughout my journey back to my full-time happiness, I’ve learned one thing that has helped more than all: KEEP CALM.
Of course, some of you are now rolling your eyes; however, I can tell you — that old World War II British PR campaign — truly, truly is therapy on a poster. It did help keep London and an entire nation focused — and that’s the most important thing when you’re feeling helpless/overwhelmed – to stay focused. That’s what, ultimately, brings you through those moments in time.
And so, my advice to everyone, everywhere overwhelmed by situations that just seem to seize control — just remember your happiness and always, always remember to:
Speaking of Christmas … it’s my favourite time of the year because I love lights, decorations and the loads of happiness it brings me. For the longest time, I was opposed to giving gift cards, but as of late, I’ve discovered the same wide-mouthed “wows” and smiles are brought about by those little plastic, ‘use-it-once’ gifts.
So, for some I buy little presents, but for many — it’s the gift card with a note attached that says: Please post me an email, a card to let me know how you like your present. I thought, in the past, that there was no thought or meaning behind giving a gift card; however, my niece said to me at some point, “I can buy what I want to buy and that will make me happy.”
That set me to thinking that gift giving is about making one happy … and so, gift cards became a part of my gift giving; however, I always try to purchase at least one gift that I’ve put thought into to go along with the plastic card! 🙂
And now, I intend to shower you all with a collection of Christmas / Hanukkah pictures because ’tis the season to do so and I love pictures … So, put on some Christmas music and enjoy this barrage of happiness covered in lights and maybe even a little tinsel …
And although we know that the birth of Christ didn’t happen during this time of the year, it’s a symbolic time for Christians who celebrate the greatest gift ever given to humankind …
And that’s it at this moment in time … now that things are back to normal – whatever that is – you should expect posts — miraculous posts back on schedule! 🙂 I do hope everyone is going well at this season! Happy Hanukkah to all as we ready ourselves for Saturday! 🙂
Two whole weeks without a post. At least that’s what I’m thinking … anyway! I’ve been extremely busy with many projects — the majority personal and well, a couple that are “work-related” and I made it a point to slow down today.
I stayed put all weekend – no trips anywhere – albeit my regular 9.30 AM standing appointment on Saturdays and little-to-no communication with the “outside” world. I decided that I needed a break and staying away … well, that provided much needed clarity. I’ve three weeks until a much needed week-long holiday!
However, it’s not all good — I’m worried for the Eastern US and especially for those on the coast and of course, those in NYC.
After Irene last year, New Yorkers laughed about all the warnings; however, Hurricane Sandy is nothing to laugh at – she’s one big storm and she’s going to hook-up with a cousin coming in from the west — the areas of the city you’d expect to be evacuated are not optional, but now mandatory.
In Manhattan, the mandatory evacuations are: Battery Park City, Chelsea, Clinton, East Village, Financial District, Governors Island, Kips Bay, Lincoln Square, Lower East Side, West Village waterfront and Yorkville. Unlike Irene, those areas are already — according to my friends — beginning to get water incursions.
I am worried about my friends there and when I first started hearing about the storm heading that way back on late Tuesday, I called and told all of them to go buy water, storm supplies and food. There aren’t massive grocery stores in NYC … and those shelves probably are empty now or close to it. Many people will probably be heading to the subway stations as the MTA halts all public transit – subways, trains and buses in the city by 7.00 PM EST.
So, needless to say, my prayers and thoughts are with all those being affected by this massive storm and especially to those in NYC who will be greatly impacted if the full force of Sandy hits them. 😦
With that depressing news aside, the best news of the weekend was that FSU took control of the ACC with their 48-7 romp over Duke and UNC’s last second victory over NC State! Although the boys in Garnet & Gold won handily, it was sloppy with some turnovers that will cost us in the future if we don’t get it fixed!
And of course, I must talk about the Gator’s loss to Georgia. I’m sure there are a lot of FSU fans — well, okay – SEC fans, too — cheering for the fact that Florida lost to Georgia in their annual rivalry in Jacksonville (FL). I, for one, am not one of those cheering. You see, I have two sets of Gator friends — those who know better than to talk smack and well, those who just don’t get that you shouldn’t smack talk until your little Gators hatchlings … well, hatch.
I’d much rather Florida have been undefeated coming into Doak Campbell. What makes me laugh is all the talk about how “we’re back” and “we’re coming to Tallahassee to get the Seminoles” — you know the typical smack talk from many – not all – Gator fans.
Doak Campbell has never been kind to Florida – ever. In fact, it was really only kind for a short while in the last decade when Tim Tebow was at the helm.
I warned my Gator friends then that once he was gone – along with Percy Harvin — well, things would change dramatically. And they did … the smug Urban Meyer abandoned the Gators with a “serious illness” and well, as I predicted, mysteriously became cured a year later and is now at Ohio State.
The Gators played a fresh out of the gate Texas A&M at the start of the season — I have a serious feeling that game wouldn’t go their way if they played the Aggies now; played a less-than-stellar LSU at the Swamp and their only real “challenge” came in the form of South Carolina – on paper – because the old ball coach, Steve Spurrier, has a way of not winning games that matter (even when he was at Florida).
And then came, Georgia. The under-DAWG showed they still had fight in them and took it to that — what did the ESPN analysts call Florida’s Defence … one of the “elite in the nation”? Uhmmm, not exactly. Is this smack talk? Not in the least. The Gators could come to Tallahassee at the end of November and beat my Seminoles, but it won’t happen. This loss for the Gators is just as tough as FSU’s 17-16 loss to NC State — I even hate typing it!
This, unfortunately ( 😉 ), won’t be a long post … as I still have an entire list of things to accomplish today! I hope everyone has a good week and Godspeed to all those on the Eastern Seaboard — especially to all my friends in NYC … please stay safe!