It’s real. It’s true. And I’m tired of it. I need a break.
The economy – not good. The elections – not good.
The crime rate – not good. The nuclear energy problems – not good. The increase of heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, bi-polarism, erectile dysfunction, osteoporosis, kidney issues, bladder dysfunctions, hemhorroids, arthritis, knee replacement, hip replacement, hearing aids, glaucoma, COPD, problems because of asbestos, - all not good. Obesity, bulimia, anorexia have increased – not good. Drivers texting, DUI deaths, street racing deaths – not good. Child porn, pedophilia, rapes and domestic abuse increase – not good. Terrorism, fear of terrorists, wars, rumors of war, heard people discussing such things over dinner.
The lack of respect for authority, including teachers and parents, police and the law – not good. The anger, road rage, and bitchy argumentativeness of news anchors, not good.
Therefore, I resolve to let go of as much negative thinking as possible. At least for seven days. I know it won’t be easy, but I need a break.
The plan: no news; no whining, no criticism (even of other drivers). My mission for TV (should I choose to accept it) will be possibly – Jeopardy, Giada at Home, Divine Design, and various music stations. If I decide to watch a DVD – it will not be some bittersweet sappy cry-your-eyes-out movie. It also will not be the super (truly unbelievable) action flick. I’ve had enough of cops and detectives, and lawyers, and blood, maggots, dismembered bodies, and autopsies, and screaming, stupid “reality” shows.
I need a break. Would you like to join me?
I will read pleasantries, quality literature, meaningful poetry and listen to my favorite music. I will take more time in preparing delicious and attractive meals.I will use my "good" china, silver and crystal. I will even try new recipes. I won’t be so agitated that I forget to light the candles for dinner, or illuminate the gazebo, or water the herb garden. I won’t forget to cut roses for the dining room.And if I do forget, I won’t worry about it.I won’t be in such a hurry, because everything moves so fast around me, that I won’t take the time to be grateful, and to pray for those I know who need support. I will smile more and frown less. I will drop my speed on the highway to exactly the speed limit.
I will write more, meditate more, and dream more. And I will gaze at the stars and moon, and look for Orion and the Seven Sisters. I will enjoy my tea quietly. I will remember more: why I married my husband; the good and amazing things about my kids. I will gladden my heart with wine. I will remember to practice my guitar. I will go back to writing music. I will write thank you notes – and “how are you” cards to my friends.
I will do my best to “not think” for a few minutes each day. And all of this I will do for seven days.
I need a break.