Somebody Else’s Words

I’m thinking lately, how with the shut down of every thing outside of my home, just how much time I’ve had to write, and learn some new techniques for photography, or to use some serious tools for learning how to make good films.

I’m also thinking lately, just how much of those things I have not been doing.

Add to that, the fact that I try to steer myself away from the negative stuff floating around social media, but the stuff still gets in.

Those thoughts, they are somebody else’s.

And they cause my own thoughts to be quite well covered up.

To the point where stringing two thoughtful sentences together is difficult.

Who is to say what is right?

“I’ve got somebody else’s thoughts in my head I want some of my own
I want some of my own I want some of my own”

Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Ron Aniello / Jason Wade
Somebody Else’s Song lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Round Hill Music Big Loud Songs
Lifehouse No Name Face

Here are a few of my thoughts.

I’ll put them in a list, that way they don’t have to be well worded, but I need to get them out before they are lost; again.

  • We all did what was required of us
  • We stayed home – we stayed in
  • It’s time to leave the nest again
  • The suicide rate is well up from where it was just two months ago
  • Mental health is important – for some – it does mean life or death
  • The stores are full of terrified people – how long can we live in fear?
  • Some are taking charge where it is not their place to do so
  • Some were given the place, and shouldn’t have been
  • Campgrounds and parks are open, but pools and lakes are not, da?
  • Fresh air and sunshine would go a long way to our physical and mental health, right?
  • Zoom, Facebook Live and other meeting places were fun. At first.
  • Eating and cooking at home has been an adventure – Coronavirus 15 (pounds) anyone?
  • BONUS: Reading an entire series of books has been great. (somebody else’s words)
  • BONUS: Reading books I would not have even considered before has enlarged my understanding (somebody else’s words)
  • Even with all of the “practice” reading, I still don’t read any faster. Boo.
  • Binge watching is a really cool activity (somebody else’s words)
  • Sore backside from all that binge-ing
  • Running low on binge-able material
  • The dog has been on more walks in our country fields
  • I really need to go back to church, and exercise class, and lunch with the girls
  • Hugs. I need hugs. I’m not generally a rule breaker, but …

This has turned into quite a mix and match of good and not so good.

I’ll leave you with this;

  • If you don’t feel well, by all means, stay home
  • If you need to go out, please do
  • If you feel the need to wear a mask, do so
  • If you don’t feel a need to mask up , be respectful and keep your distance
  • You should not be touching your face any way!
  • Don’t be judgy of those who feel differently than you do
  • DO wash your hands.
  • Read, sing, dance, write, chat, worship, exercise, turn off the news; anything you need to do to keep your spirits up.

My little list rant has helped to get this out of my head.

Perhaps it helped your thinking to move too, one way or the other.

Maybe now I’ll have room for some “Words of My Own”.

Until next time …

Some Gave All

Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash

‘We strive to be worthy of their sacrifice,’ ‘Theirs was a love more deep and more pure than most will ever know,’ ‘They marched into hell so that America could know the blessings of peace,’

President Trump

” Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”

John 15:13 Holy Bible ASV

Friday Favorites; Bible Verses

Photo by Manuel Schinner – Unsplash

He created me.

He knows absolutely everything about me.

And yet, He loves me still.

Photo by DeborahSPC – Under the Hill

He watches over me, wherever I am.

And where I am is under His care.

No matter what is going on around me,

I can be full f his joy.

Photo by DeborahSPC – Under the Hill

Be blessed.

Until next time …

Friday Favorites – Walking Places

Since the sheltering in place began, of course, exercise classes have ended, so to speak.

In mine have been meeting a couple of times a week on Zoom just to chat.

We’ve done a little exercise, but as you would expect, not the full repertoire we had grown accustomed to.

This past week, several of us said that we had been walking to get in a little more movement.

Our instructor asked asked us to share some photos from our walks to our Facebook page.

I thought that was a good idea, so I ‘ll share those photos here with you as well.

It’s just a mile and a half, so let’s get going!

A Good Day For a Walk With My Walking Companion
Starting Out
At the Beginning
Ready To Go
A Look Back
Turn Left
Another Look Back
Looking Toward Home
Where We Were
Doesn’t Look So Far
Look Right – Home Again
My photo program even turned it into a little video.
How sweet.

I hope you enjoy your weekend!

Until next time …

So Many Necks to Hug

Ever since the beginning of “Shelter at home”, I’ve been doing just that, going to shop only at designated “old/people at risk” shopping hours.

Last week, I had several errands to run. Just simple things really; bank, drug store, gas.

Well it was pretty much the first time I’d driven “in town” in quite a while, since the place I shop is on the highway.

I don’t know what I had been thinking since this all began, but I did find that it was a very eerie thing to drive by places of business, health, and entertainment, to see the parking lots empty, or with only one or two vehicles, skeleton crew, and to know how empty they all were.

Seeing these shots on TV, from places far away, and then seeing them in your own town; are two very different things.

I don’t know what or how I expected to feel, and said so to my husband when I returned home. 

He has spent much of his time making deliveries to those places that help the food critical people.

He had never mentioned this to me until I brought it up. 

Then today I was listening to a podcast that was discussing this very issue.

I had not heard of the guest, except maybe in passing, but he had this to say;

“I feel the pain of the emptiness; I don’t feel the solace of the moment.” Brian Kilmeade

Wow, right to the heart of things.

Saying in one statement, what I could not say in a full paragraph.

Which brings me to this; My opinion.

People have surely lost their lives to this virus. My heart breaks for the families of those left behind.

Lives and much more have been lost.

Literally no one on the planet has been immune to this loss.

But here’s the thing;

We did what they asked, we stayed home, we washed our hands, we covered our faces, and many have lost their livelihoods, their homes and their sanity.

For those whose homes are not safe places, the ability to have a few safe hours each day have been lost.

Students have missed out on graduations and celebrations.

Our “Essential” workers i.e. Healthcare workers, law enforcement, fire fighters, retail workers, truck drivers, trash collectors, pest control workers, and a plethora of others are under unimaginable strain to keep the rest of us healthy, fed and cared for.

Many of these are things we don’t even consider, until we don’t have them.

(Let’s begin to appreciate them more!)

Can we come back out to play now?

Life is always a risk. We are aware.

We would rather do this thing together; and not alone in our homes.

Now coming from a “Dyed in the wool Introvert”, that’s quite a statement.

So many necks to hug, and six feet is too far to do it from.

Until next time …