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Friday, January 17, 2014

SAD Update

January 17, 2014

We are in the midst of a horrible winter, weather wise. We've had a record snow fall and an epic ice storm and we have seriously just begun the season. It's tough to even watch the forecasts because, honestly, I don't want to know what's next. What I smile about is that over 100 days have passed since the SAD season has launched and this sufferer is not suffering. I am looking at each day as it comes and I am facing each one as happily as I can manage because, after all, it's only one day. I can do anything for one day. And the tomorrow? I'll do it again.

Each morning starts with a smile to me. Just because I like who I am. Then a quick look at the days motivational phrase. Today it was, "There is comfort in familiar places and good friends."  That's a nice thought for any day. From there I give myself a quick list of blessings in my life and finish my first cup of coffee with hazelnut coffee mate.

All of this is done inside my head, privately to me. Except the coffee, that's a nice warm and fresh cup in my hands and warming my chilly body while settling and setting my mind for this day.

I cannot recall another Michigan winter that has been so calm. I can't think of any other cold, dreary or stormy season that I could easily laugh everyday. Nor another fall/winter that I could curl up with a book because I wanted to get lost in the story and not because I couldn't face reality, just because I wanted to enjoy fantasy.

2014. Welcome and bring it! I'm good. I'm grateful. I'm strong and I'm winning!

Jo

25 comments:

  1. I am so happy to read this. I always feel so bad for you each winter. So glad you are handling SAD in such an upbeat way. (((hugs)))

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    1. Who knew it would be as simple as looking BACK and IN THE MIRROR rather than ahead?

      Thanks for sharing this with all your support and hugs. Good friends make a difference, for sure.

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  2. We escaped Ohio just before the polar vortex. Oh man, I feel for you, and I'm glad you've found a way to deal with your experience through positive thinking.

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    1. Thank you! It's been brutal! But I am on it.

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  3. This made me smile Jo. Go you. :)

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    1. Then my work here is done! ;-)
      Thanks for the cheers, Buddy o' mine!

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  4. That's the best way to face the winter. I'm still sad every time I get my gas & electric bill this time of year, though--Nothing can cure that.

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    1. Our bills are paid in equal payments all year so we don't see a difference. I chose that so as not to add financial concerns to the head mess! The cure for all of this is just to move south.

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  5. Oh I was dreading the news! Go Jo!


    Tai

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    1. I know! I'm not counting my chickens...but so far, it's good.

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  7. Sounds like you have found the sun in the sad...happy for you :-D

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    1. Not sure it's quite THAT good,nothing beats a sun filled 75 degree day, but I'm dealing!

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  8. Happy for you Jo. Moving forward is always an accomplishment, Velda

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    1. For me, this is so much lighter and less struggling. Don't feel as if I have to fight, just relax and smile. Hope your first retired winter doesn't beat you up. Call me if you need a boost!

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  9. So pleased you've found this avenue to get you through Jo. Warming sun rays will follow (eventually)!

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    1. And I'll be delighted! Thanks, Amy.

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  10. Yay Jo. I got a lift just reading your post :)

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    1. I'm so glad to hear that! If I lifted you just by telling you that I'm surviving, that makes me smile really big! :-)

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  11. Stay warm and go visit your family in Nashville.

    http://joycelansky.blogspot.com

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    1. Good advice, Joyce, but it's not much nicer down there yet.

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  12. Awww smile Jo! It will be spring before you know it. This too shall pass! ♥

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    1. I'm doing. Dry we'll, really.this cold is just making me stay in and stay busy.
      I am hoping we have an early and passionate spring.

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