One of the most difficult things I have ever had to face is my own past and those that have hurt me. Like most of us, I do my best to bravely march onward and to not look backward. Who says to themselves: I can’t wait to think about my mistakes again today? Sometimes, the healing process requires deep reflection, the kind that demands total honesty not just to others but to yourself.
Ever feel like Bill Murray in Groundhog Day? Whether you have children or just animals, are single or happily partnered-up with someone, there are some days that feel like an endless hamster wheel. There are other movies that demonstrate the dreaded rat-race of life. Joe Versus the Volcano was one of them with beloved Tom Hanks who was fighting his way through the mundane.
I love it when I unexpectedly learn something about myself that I never would have known if not for close friendships and loved ones. It’s simple when we are by ourselves and stuck in our routine. We go to work then head to the gym after, and if we’re smart enough to have DVR’d our favorite show, we sit back to enjoy it before having to head to bed to do it all over again the very next day. There is no drama, misunderstandings, or invaluable life lessons.
There’s a reason why those that live in Alaska enduring 6 months of total darkness end up needing sun lamps, the full spectrum lights that help account for loss of vitamin D. It’s also not a surprise that all the rain and cloudy days won Seattle a spot on Business Weekly’s America’s Unhappiest Cities list.
“My psychiatrist told me I was crazy and I said I want a second opinion. He said okay, you’re ugly too.” ~Rodney Dangerfield
I don’t have kids, but here’s Abigail my little 5 pound Japanese Chin. She is the sweetest thing with the biggest heart. I remember when she was a puppy, she would swim in the water when I took her to a lake. She wanted to show me that she could do it and that she wasn’t afraid. She is small, but despite her size I always got the sense from her that she had to try extra hard, harder than her brother Abraham who is almost 3 times her size.