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Just Shake It Off

Day 230

This morning I hear my mom’s voice in my head. “Just shake it off, kiddo.” Mom always found escape in the paperback novels she read. She never seemed to spend much time in her head, always able to rise above the prevailing winds of negative thought.

Be like mom“, I think which brings this song to mind.

Sometimes when things bother me or give me pause to think too much, I can really get in my head. Once I allow myself to get in my head, it’s a little too easy to get swept up in the undercurrent of my old way of thinking. In recent years I have managed to accentuate the positive.

Tomorrow my children will be here. My granddaughter talks to me on video chat and she sometimes thinks I can play with her on video which somehow I manage to do. It will be nice to have her here discovering life at Grandma and Grandpa’s house.

There is a constant show right outside our window of birds, squirrels and chipmunks for her to watch. I know the glass will be covered in little handprints that I will not be inclined to remove too quickly.

When joy is on the horizon, it does not do us justice to dwell in too much mental chaos.

I am taking advice from my granddaughter’s favorite Disney character, Elsa, and I am just letting it go.

The cold never bothered me anyway.”

14 thoughts on “Just Shake It Off”

    1. Pete, I am a relatively recent follower, but I do not see you as negative, just a realist. I was in a horrible mire after losing both my sisters to cancer. That downward spiral can be like a vacuum.

      I am no Pollyanna, but I do know positive energy feels transformative so thatโ€™s the energy I try to keep around me. Does not always work, but I also know the negative stuff (while it seems to hang around forever) can be relatively short-lived in the larger scheme of things.

      This particular thing today really deserves no deep thought. I think that is what I was trying to say.

      Enjoy the rest of your day, Pete.

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        1. Pete, losing those we love is never easy. But neither are a lot of other life challenges. I just try to live happily while I am here. Thatโ€™s all any of us can do.

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  1. You are about to have days of pure joy and fun!! She is soaking up every new experience………and you will be part of many new,and exciting adventures with her. You are an amazing teacher!

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  2. I don’t do video chat yet, so my granddaughter doesn’t quite understand when I can’t “play” certain things with her over the phone. But we can sing, “Let it Go!” I’m so glad she introduced me to that song.

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  3. That’s a wise voice and a good tune to hear. Shaking it off is good, and really, somewhat necessary, unless one enjoys feeling stressed and burdened and overwhelmed…
    I’m sure you’ll enjoy all the happiness and new memories coming your way ๐Ÿ™‚ (Something to fill the spots where the ick tries to get in ๐Ÿ˜‰ Haha!)

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