Hi all! Despite all that is going on in the world, I actually had a pretty good week last week. I really don’t have one huge thing, well, except for music, but that will be another post… But there were a lot of small things (OK, I see the eye rolls over another “it’s the small things post” ;) ).
As I mentioned, I finished a big music project I’ve been working on for over a month. I’ve had quite a few positive comments on it already, so that is good. I’ll write a post about it later today.
My dog Idina has not been into walking for the past few months, but she did go out for at least two walks every day last week, some days three or even four.
Even though Idina has been going out more, I’ve done some “special” walks with Fiyero, usually at a jogging pace. A few of them were pretty long, including hitting some territory where Fiyero has never been. He loves it! And, actually, so do I.
“Jogging pace” reminds me that I was able to go running four times in a week! I have been so off my running schedule for the last four months, that getting one solid week in feels great!
Lately I have been spending much more of my creative time and energy on music, so that I did a bit of writing this week was a plus.
Despite two snowfalls over the last week, it felt like spring. The big snow melted right away.
There are terrible things going on in the world. There is a brutal war. Energy prices are soaring and some can’t keep up with it. There is economic and political instability around the globe, including whispers of the possibility of World War III. New reports show that we may be past the tipping point on climate and that life around the world will change for the worse over the next few decades, effects we already see with major floods and fires and droughts. It is super easy to obsess over these things that we have absolutely zero control over. Yes, if we can help, we should. Things as simple as turning down the heat will both lower fuel demand and the amount of carbon released. We can act in places. But so much is beyond our control. We need to take a page from the Stoics handbook on these items. Part of that is noticing what we have that is good and concentrating on the positive and the things to be thankful of.
So that is my smile for the week, finding the small good in our lives despite all of the bad news that constantly bombards us.
What made you smile?
(A reminder – There will not be a Smile Recap post next week).
Come on, I’m sure you smiled at least once last week. Why don’t you share it? I hope you can join in!
Here is list of “rules” and guiding ideas. If you don’t have time to read it right now, just remember that this is an exercise to spread positivity. Don’t smile about the misfortune of others. Don’t smile in a way to excludes others. Make sure a 12 year old can read it.
To join in, write a post to share your smile and then leave a comment on this post with a link to your smile. Or, if you prefer, do a pingback to this post (pingback = have a link from your post to this one) (Note – pingbacks have been very inconsistent – please leave a comment :) ). You can post any time until next Sunday evening (to be simple, I will say midnight GMT, which is 7 PM Sunday for me). Note – I am no longer compiling the