This blog is supposed to be about books but my mind has definitely not been in that space these days. I still read, but not as much, and I still look for interesting books, but my mind is definitely not in it.
Today, I’ve been trying to land in a lighter place to share a less intense moment with you, in place of books.
In that regard, I do have pictures of a pair of large plants in my living room, one is blooming again for the third time.
The other one has been slower to decide if it wanted to bloom at all but looks to have made the choice. The buds are just beginning to come out. Out to the left in the second picture in case you are having trouble finding them.
They are so pretty, it’s a shame I’m allergic to them.
The slower plant doesn’t get as much light but makes a decent showing anyway.
(The camera doesn’t do a good job of showing true colors. Probably my fault. It really is not this dark and I don’t know how to fix it. Oh well, at least I have pictures lol)
I try to keep them around until I can’t handle it any more and then cut off the bloom stems.
So far so good. They have escaped with their life intact.
I’ve been in some intense conversations over the last while and it is not easy to shift gears and move on to lighter things.
The good thing about all this, though, is the progress I’m making in sorting through some of my old baggage.
There is something about saying things out loud to another person that puts a different spin on things.
I’ve heard my comedian/singer friend Mark Lowry say after he spouted out some ridiculous stuff – well, it made sense in my head.
I know what he means. Sometimes things we’ve believed or felt don’t hold up to scrutiny when sent out into the world and perspective changes to something better.
I’m happy when this happens. It usually means a move forward.
So that’s my day. No new books that I’ve seen so far.
There will probably be more installments in the intense but profitable conversation.
And I have a list of Saturday chores that I may or may not get done. We’ll see how it goes.
I’m getting close to finishing the current read and it will be a chore to decide what should be next. There are way too many to choose from.
I’ll let you know how it goes.
… on this pre-winter day that can’t decide whether it wants to be cloudy or sunny.
4 thoughts on “A little of this, a little of that October 30, 2021”
Do you use your books as a distraction from the complex Ptsd?
Do books help replace people?
I have distractions
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Absolutely I do. It’s my “drug” of choice. Mostly because I can’t think and read at the same time. All of my other interests have taken a back seat to reading because of that flaw. Unfortunately, I can still think about my stressors and work on the activity at the same time. Not helping.
No, books do not replace people for me. I still care about and am interested in the people in my life. The active circle has grown smaller over the decades but lately I have been working to change that.
The book world is a crutch but it’s not real. It’s important to keep a connection to the real world.
What is your favorite distraction?
I watch tv and play solitaire on my phone at same time
My mind is occupied and not wandering in the past
I hike strenuously
Read and write a blog
Immerse my being in the middle of my grandkids
The crap still gets through at times
Everyday there are dark thoughts and dark emotions
I am thinking codependency is what we need to address
Two very helpful books I read at the serious beginning of my healing journey were by Melody Beattie. Codependent No More and Beyond Codependency. She has many excellent books on Amazon if you search her name. Along with these books the next important read was Boundaries by Dr. Henry Cloud.