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26/01/2021

It's not just a sunset

 

Life is, as you all know, is limited. It is not however limiting but, yes, it is limited. I find that my day revolves around simple things. 

Cooking. Walking the dog (and my head). Gardening. Crafting when the inspiration takes hold. Looking inward and keeping family safe, conversations light and positive and making sure I find beauty and good where I can. 

I refuse to be dragged down the the constant news of CV19, the still lingering and long term mess of Brexit, the 'when-will-I ... get a holiday/be able to go shopping/go to the pub/restaurant/hairdresser' moans, I will not be smothered by doom and gloom, whether it is via the news, the internet or people. Don't get me wrong - I am not blinkered and am well aware that all of that nightmare is real and is very frightening and very present and the medical profession is stretched to almost breaking point.

However, if I let it in, it will drown everything. So my way of dealing with it is to be buoyant and to remain afloat and to limit my time and energy with the negativity of it all. We all have coping strategies, this is mine.

Yesterday's walk was one such coping strategy and we were truly rewarded by the sunset. It made us both feel alive and so very glad to be alive.

Oh, and having dog that has absolutely no concept of all that goes on in our heads and probably has confetti and unicorns in her happy little heart - that helps, that helps a lot. 

Here, let me gift you a hug (if you need one) a smile (please smile back) and some of that light from yesterday's syrupy golden sunset - it will warm your heart, there is such beauty about, we just need to see it ❤🐾 

20 comments:

  1. Thank you...I did need a hug....and yours was so sweet.

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  2. I no longer listen to the news as like you I don't want to be overwhelmed by everything. You have to look for the positives and beauty in this time and the sunset was beautiful and something to look back on.
    Take care and enjoy your walks and wishing you many more beautiful sunsets.

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    1. I agree - wishing you many beautiful sunsets too x

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  3. Fabulous sunset pics. Thanks.

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  4. Well said. And I can't add to it. And as for Moss. That mouth! Those eyes! 'Confetti and unicorns' - what a wonderful to put it. I'm trying to work out what's in Ellie's head. Nothing so fluffy. World domination, probably.

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    1. Chuckle - planning world domination in Ellie's head tickles me :D

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  5. Clearly Moss and I are on the same page in respect of cranial activity 🙄

    Unlike you, I do watch a fair bit of news, but I don't let it get me down. Too wet and cold to garden so (to no-one's surprise) I have started another quilt . . .

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    1. This week is going to be 'interesting' with the rain .... fortunately I can hide the glasshouse! Keep that confetti and unicorn safe says Moss xxx

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  6. Thank you for the lovely post (and I did smile back, especially at the photo of Moss!) That sounds like an excellent coping strategy to me.
    Best wishes and enjoy many more of those simple things
    Ellie

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    1. thank you for the smile Ellie! here is to those simple things that bring simple pleasures x

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  7. Occasionally it gets to me a little, but I work very hard to keep my centre even when the maelstrom is going on around me. Most of the time I am on an even keel as I regularly remind myself if today was my last day on earth I would not want to waste it mired in terror and tears.That does not mean that I am careless or flippant in any way about the whole situation. Arilx

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    1. I agree that it does to get to me too, but like you I do not want to waste my last day either - so I will keep doing my coping strategies xx stay safe :)

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  8. So well put Kate & much along the same lines as me & yes I do feel down a lot, mainly missing our far flung family, but we still "do" things like you, though without a dog. We have a very dog friendly neighbourhood, so have plenty of patting & cuddles from my canine friends. Your scavenger hunts keep me focused with my photography & having a house & garden keeps us on our toes, along with our crafts/hobbies. I'm a very huggy person, so lots of virtual hugs go to you all. When we are out & about wearing our masks, I often tell children, I've a big smile under here for you. Yes a bit mad, but then that's me. I don't watch much news, mainly the weather, but do keep abreast of what is happening with the local news bulletin each night & I don't do social media except for my blog. Take care, stay safe & huggles. PS: Love all the photos.

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  9. Your way of thinking re Covid/Brexit is exactly the same as mine,in fact I could have almost written the same words.There's no point stressing about something I can't personally change so I stay positive by working, walking,and occupying myself with various things which give me pleasure, plus I have a lively little dog guaranteed to raise a smile at least once every day :-)

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  10. Perfectly described. I do agree with you. I don't have unicorns and confetti in my head, just cushions, well that is what Beloved says .... nothing wrong with cushions as they are soft and warm and undemanding. I've also got the odd crochet blanket and quilt inside too (yes I must have a big head)....

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  11. Yes just focussing on the good things. Definitely walks and granddaughter's laughter. I don't watch the news, just read the headlines on the BBC website. Thank you for the hug. I send a smile and a hug back.

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  12. What a glorious sunset. I agree, we can only focus on the good things, however small, or we would be so depressed and that is not me. I am hopefully always a 'half glass full' type person. So we appreciate and enjoy a brief 'down the passage' chat with you, our birds feeding on their window feeders, our brief outings to the shops and feeling grateful today especially as I go for my vaccination, B having had his earlier this month. 😊💓 My smile and hug to you. xx

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