Funny Old World.
I've struggled recently to hang on to "joie de vivre", despite being surrounded by such a beautiful and fortunate life. Sure, like most, it has had more than its fair share of trials and tribulations. Often self inflicted, I guess. Nevertheless the mind is a complicated product of a complex physical entity. Both require fitness to work best.
Sadly, as we become less young, physical deterioration can creep up and subtle changes in our bodies can create similar, often unwelcome changes in our minds. In essence it can, for many, become harder to be positive, embrace ones surroundings and count ones blessings. All this at a time when the days left to come are ever fewer. The failure to enjoy every single one more glaring a mistake.
It's not always a conscious failure of character and weakness of spirit, however. Serious medical experiences can play a big part in our sense of or lack of well being. So if it is possible to overcome feeling down it's well worth giving it a try.
Things which also can help "the blues" are legion. Beautiful sunshine, gardens and nature, per se. Friends and if you are lucky, family all can add to the list of "bucking up". Music, too can be a joy. An article just a couple of days ago, related extensive research proving how marriage is a very positive thing, especially for men!
How true that is in my case and a further reason for hating feeling down for little reason. Still, literature and history is rife with characters seemingly enjoying wonderful lives but prone to self doubt and even depression. The terrible story of a lovely and successful woman dentist, just last week found apparently having committed suicide. An example, possibly, of some tragic mindset unable to cope with something mind numbing and irrecoverable.
A further reason for me to feel good about life is the trouncing of the Socialist apparatchiks such as Harman and her cosy circle of ex dictators. Am I alone in feeling so much better on a lovely summer's day under a non socialist administration. Still a socialist Government of course, but at least not on UK soil but on the Continent!
Well, I've indulged myself enough publicly! Pup's curled up beside me, Mrs OR is at Church, sun is shining and the garden approaching its best time of the year. I had a terrific supper with friends last Friday and right now am in a good place when I can actually count my blessings. Long may it last and anyone reading this post do the same!