I caught up with a friend on the weekend and we were talking about the issue of melancholy (rather than depression) and the need to remind ourselves of how fortunate we are.
I explained that I find it far too easy to ‘play the victim’. I get weighed down by my problems and fears (both real and perceived) and forget how blessed I truly am.
I said that I often let worries about money or guilt about things done or not-done overwhelm me. I said I tried (as much as possible) to remind myself how great my life is: living opposite the beach in a nice apartment; working part-time giving me free time for writing; friends to keep me sane; and family close by to offer me the intimacy I’ve often missed.
My friend almost leapt out of her seat as she told me that many (most) would envy my life. And I realised that could be true. I know I whine A LOT about stuff, but at the same time I say that this past year (here) has been the best of my life.
I’m naturally a glass-half-empty kinda gal, but need to acknowledge the good more often and – quite frankly… that list would almost always outweigh the bad. Hearing it from someone else (whose life is seemingly pretty good) was an important reminder.
I first came across this pic a few months ago and saw someone post it again the other day, so no idea where it originated – sorry!
Do you acknowledge the good as well as the bad?
I’m linking up today for Wordless Wednesday with Trish from My Little Drummer Boys.