Sometimes problems have answers…



Constant Reader will be relieved to learn that I may have solved my problem – the one where I cry nonstop. Oddest thing … turns out the answer in my case to the question “What do you read when you’re sad?” (see preceding post) … is “NOT FACEBOOK.” I haven’t sorted out why that is yet, but it’s a fact. Maybe it’s the abysmal state of our society right now and so many things are hanging out there unsaid, unaddressed, untalked-about, for fear of offending too many people, until finally there’s nothing left we can say. Maybe that’s it, maybe not. What I CAN say for sure is that I’m crying at the right places now instead of carrying tears in my throat like a pelican all day long and shedding them over stuff you wouldn’t believe.

A Facebook summer sabbatical was exactly what I needed, but since I slogged right on past every subtle AND clanging message to that effect, a fall sabbatical sounds even nicer. I started it a week ago – or more honestly the break started without me – and the sea-change in my mood was almost immediate. There are a few people I’ll have to peek in on once in a while, but I can’t be there right now and that’s okay. Bottled up thoughts and emotions aren’t healthy for humans, so this fall is all about restorative outlets, projects, and relationships. And wow, I feel better already, just for having written that.

Part One of two …


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. maureenjenner
    Sep 22, 2018 @ 07:41:58

    I have to agree about Facebook; I long ago decided to skim rather than pay too much attention. Too much to do, and at eighty-two, not too much time to do it in. Thank you for sharing your thoughts; they bring a smile to my face and lift my mood. Time is too short to let the illegitimate blighters grind you down. Nil carborundum illegitimo (or words to that effect).

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    • Judy Smith
      Sep 22, 2018 @ 11:42:11

      Eighty-two? Wha…? You’re certainly right, though – there’s far too much life to be lived, and far too little time for living it. Skimming is the exact right word, and the handful of vital friendships are what really keep me there. My heart is thanking me for the peaceful rest, so maybe I’ve learned something important.



  2. Sheldon
    Sep 19, 2018 @ 13:23:06

    I discovered an author, a Kansas farm girl, whom I really like. Sarah Smarsh. Her new book is Heartland. I thought of you after reading her.

    Liked by 1 person


  3. Rita Wagner
    Sep 19, 2018 @ 12:41:43

    I’m experiencing a new-found feeling of freedom and
    ease after having been off Facebook for 2 weeks now.
    I can honestly say I don’t miss it. There’s so much more
    to life. Who knew? Glad you’re feeling it too. XoXo

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    • Judy Smith
      Sep 19, 2018 @ 13:59:49

      I’ll be curious to see how I feel about it after a nice long break. Pretty sure I can’t hang out there until some things get resolved one way or another. Or don’t. In which case, I’ll have to make it a divorce of some sort.



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