The first week of February is over, with 3 more to go. Despite my own advice to find ways to get through this month with a positive view intact, I am already struggling; fighting off a daily sense of February pessimism – how will I get through this month?
I do have to remind myself that, for me, getting through this first week is usually tougher than I think it should be because it is the anniversary of my father’s death. After 12 years, the sub-conscious and subjective grief experience still affects my moment-to-moment emotional state. Could this be the source of an annual sinus infection I have gotten almost every year at this time since 1995?
I said FOCUS on fun, festivals, and football. Sunday was the Super Bowl. Am I to believe that memories of the game and the array of “Super Bowl” ads are really going to sustain me until Valentines Day? I’m not going to be doing anything special on Valentine’s anyway. Mardi Gras might be next, but I am not going to be in New Orleans. FOCUS isn’t working for me, right now.
Inspirational quotes are wonderful, and I hope you are feeling more inspired by these than I am right at the moment. “Failure”
Humph! Mud bog. The family was sailing the backwaters of the Jersey Shore town, Stone Harbor, there were little inlets, lots of shallow water, and no wind. We ran aground.
A high point of the week was reviewing my TIP of the WEEK: my struggles with “failure” and attempts to deal with it during the college years. “Failure;”
If I knew that a couple out there rally read, studied, practiced and used one or more of the “Seven Positive Communication Skills of Highly Effective Couples,” I would have a very “high” moment of optimism erasing much of the February pessimism.
I suppose I could keep watching the Down’s Syndrome Grocery Store bagger video over and over, feel teary eyed, and then think that the mission to spread optimism is “worthwhile;”
I’m beginning to feel a little like our “Struggling Optimist” of a year past. Maybe subconsciously, I am trying to reflect the message that maintaining optimism requires “optimistic stamina;” constant work and practice to keep-up and develop the skill and keep the VIEW!!!!!!!!
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