There is just way too much stuff out there to read and listen to and while much of it is junk there is also a great deal worth the time and trouble. That is why the longest list of messages I have on my Facebook Messenger is from me to myself.
Sometimes the messages are just a note to remind me of something I want to write a blog about. Often it is a video I want to watch but don’t have time for in the moment (not to mention that when I’m sitting downstairs away from the router they take forever to download.) Occasionally it is a news article I want to take time to read more carefully. It might just be a picture I took on my phone and want to make sure I add to my computer file later or it’s one of those great sayings I want to be sure to hold on to…like the one above.
Today was a tough day for me for some reason. One of those days I wish I could pull the covers back over my head and go to sleep days but I can’t do that because all the things I’m supposed to be doing are vying for position at the start line in my brain and the starter gun keeps misfiring.
On days like this it is especially difficult to write a blog. Creativity seems to be in short supply and in even shorter supply is a positive and upbeat outlook. Who wants to listen to the ramblings of a grump?.
It is days like this that those notes to self are particularly helpful. They don’t always give me the needed lift but sometimes I run across a gem.
The one that jumped out at me first today was Winnie the Pooh Quotes. Immediately I thought of how wonderful it would be, to be read to again, like I was as a child. I used to love it when my Dad tucked me in at night with dramatized versions of A.A. Milne, Dr. Seuss, and Morrell Gipson’s ever endearing tale of Mr. Bear Squash You All Flat (my all time favourite). The bear was not as friendly as Pooh but I loved him. (I see he now ever has his own Facebook Page.) Those were the days when bad stuff happened but I still felt loved and safe. As an adult those days are too often missing.
Another thing I found in the messages was a list of the top 15 TED Talks That Will Change Your Life. In case you are not familiar with the thousands of inspiring and informative TED Talks I’ve included the link. The ones on the top 15 list I am particularly fond of are Brene Brown and Andrew Solomon. The list will stay on my message board so I can go back and listen again when I need a particular sort of tune up (aka kick in the butt) in my life.
There are others and I will drift back over them from time to time. It’s great to have an electronic list and know it won’t vanish. I highly recommend it for the BLAH! days as a way to keep a little inspiration handy. Start yours today.
Wishing you a day full of dancing.