Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Not living in a “Fantasy land”!

When we do not find peace within ourselves,
it is vain to seek for it elsewhere.
                        Duc Francois de La Rochefoucauld


Life is a little stressful for a lot of us right now. To know that, all it takes is a moment in front of the television or read through the newspaper to find out what is going on outside in the “real” world. There are members of our blogger family going through unimaginable things as I write this. There are family and friends going through insurmountable things as I write this, the world is in turmoil but we have to keep going and grab hold of those good moments in our own lives when we can.


I do know we cannot ignore what is going on in the world around us. My heart breaks most days while reading what is going on in the lives of the ones I love, the peoples I have yet to know or probably will never know but we owe it to the world and ourselves to keep doing what we can to help while continuing to balance our own lives.


I read a blog the other day that asked the question if we in bloggerland ignore the world around us and live in a fantasy land of happiness shutting out the real issues of the world. My answer (well at least for myself) is NO absolutely not, how could I. I have chosen long ago to write happy entertaining stories for the most part, I do this for a reason.


I will deal with the world we/I live in, do what I can when I can, try to laugh when I need to knowing we all do need that laughter. I will continue to try to make someone think, laugh or dream with stories in this “blogger fantasy land” that others may think we have created. Never ever forgetting that others are out there dealing with whatever they are dealing with but also knowing everyone needs an escape now and then and there is nothing wrong with that. So enjoy my piece of laughter, beauty and forgetting at least for a little while.


So if that takes a photo of a silly girl running around in the woods hugging trees and laughing to possibly get someone on the other end of this screen to smile…..well, so be it.

We all need that once in a while.

What do you think?


Later

76 comments:

  1. I agree with you. I am a blogger who keeps up with the news, gets sad and grieves over the news, but remembers the whole world is a compilation of peoples with differing perspectives, differing woes, and yet we all share similarities. love for family is a big one, love for country, and the joys of ever day life. The joy of seeing your cattle in your fields, your dog on your hearth, your cat purring in your lap...the joy of time shared with the loves of your life. Husband, children, grandchildren, friends.

    I love to read bloggers' accounts of tea parties, family joys, and yes, even share grief and pray for bloggers who have family tragedies. Blogging has enlarged my world, given me new perspective, and brought me joy and for a very difficult time in my life, it brought people who prayed for me and my family. The prayers were answered in a way that very good and I will always be thankful for this blogging community that has given me friends I may never meet in person but will always consider friends.

    So , silly girl running around in the woods hugging trees, I am smiling at you ! Thank-you.

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    1. Oh Kathy you said it so well, I love our blogger family and this world of blogging. My goal is to meet more people who have helped me more than I could ever say. Have a nice day. HUG B

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  2. If your goal is to bring a smile, you certainly reached it! Can you feel my smile across the miles?
    We do need to face the real world.... embrace what we can and try to help or change what we can't embrace... but the occasional escape into fantasy, play, and silliness helps us remain strong and positive.

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    1. Agreed my friend I knew you would get this. Hug B

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  3. I agree with you. A friend who used to blog, would sometimes blog about the condition of the world and not get many comments. I explained that people don't really want to see that on a blog, that they see it on the news, in the paper, and on the internet everyday. I think blogs should be about YOUR personal world, whatever that might be. If I want to see world news, I'd turn on the tv. If I want to see Buttons news, I go to your blog! I love it btw!

    Cindy Bee

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  4. There's nothing silly about a girl running through the woods hugging trees.
    It shows your gratitude and your inner joy that is yours even when the world is hurting. We can make a positive with two negatives.

    Blogging has brought joy and comfort when my heart was breaking with so much support and love from my blogger friends. It alsway help having someone else's perspective when we can only see the sad side of the pain.

    Evil is rampant but good will win over evil as God's work is not finished.

    I'm sending prayers and love to those you love who are hurting right now. After the storm comes the sun and the rainbow.

    Hugs,
    JB

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    1. Thank you Julia."We can make positive with two negatives" Love that. Hug B

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  5. I enjoy blogging for that very reason I luv the different views etc. it makes u think n a way maybe u would have considered?! luv it big time. ( :

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  6. I totally agree. Just because we don't write about the dreadful goings on in the world doesn't mean we're not aware and concerned and trying to do something about it. Love the tree hugger. :-)

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    1. Oh yes hugging trees always makes me happy. After this was posted news broke about one of those dreadful things and my heart goes out to the families. I am aware just as much as everyone else. Our Canada is not immune to the world troubles.

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  7. I too, have had to address "the elephants in the living room"... The horrors of the news... Address them, to let other bloggers know, that I am aware.

    And also, to choose to continue a place in Pretty Blog Land, where I can concentrate on "nice"...

    Plus, my "Here there are more words" blog, as a place where I am not constrained, to just "make-nice-nice" all the time.

    In this way, I hope to be able to keep myself sane. And if others want to follow along with me, welcome aboard.

    Gentle hugs,
    Tessa~
    "Here there be musing" blog
    "Here there be more words" blog

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    1. IOh I will check out your other blog Tessa but not today I am hugging trees:) Keeping yourself constrained and sane is always a good thing. Hug

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  8. I think focusing on the positive is a good thing. It doesn't mean you're living in fantasyland. It just means you're trying not to let the real world drag you down.

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    1. "Not let the real world drag you down" nicely said Lisa. Hug

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  9. there is a balance we must strive to achieve -if we do not see joy through the laughter of a child in the forest then there isn't much point of anything at is there?

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    1. Oh yes I like the way you think. Hug

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  10. we are bombarded with negativity, sensationalism, horrors, fear every day from so many sources. i prefer to keep my blog just pushing out a bit of beauty and joy and peace or humor. there are others who jump into political arenas or comment on current events or tragedies. i am always taken aback at some of the venom that comes through from people i otherwise see as joyful folks. now, not saying that if you feel strongly enough about a topic that you can't let it out. just saying that we have so many other sources for that, too.

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    1. Oh Tex you do it so well your photos transport me to a happy place every time. Love the Whistlers. Hug

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  11. I would rather spout happy, happy, every single day..seeking it out..under a rock if I have to go that far- than to let the fear mongers of this world reside in my head or on my blog. If that is la la land, then so be it! Your quote by J/G/ Holland is perfectly perfect. Let's all feed on positivity while we can.

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    1. Well said Terri lala land it is:) Hug

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  12. Perfectly written as always from our Buttons.
    Amen.

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  13. oohhhh buttons, I rarely watch the news, never read the paper. It churns my heart in such a way......knowing that one little girl in New Jersey can't change anything. So I do what I do, a kind deed each day, a little pay it forward and I spoil my family rotten. Here, in my small way, I am making a difference!!

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    1. You do that paying forward thing very well:). You make a big difference in this world Miss Debbie:) Hug

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  14. You definitely found some "good news" in these beautiful photos! I like looking for the positive, too, even when I sometimes have to dig deeper to find it.

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    1. Digging deeper is part of life is it not? Hug B

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    1. That makes me smiling knowing that. Hug

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  16. Dear Buttons, with the shocking images coming out of Canada today I just wanted you to know that I am thinking of you and the rest of my Canadian friends. Stay strong. ~ Inger

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  17. Oh Inger yes it seems we are not immune to the troubles of the world. Thank you my friend. Hug

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  18. What do I think? I think that too much news is bad for you. My opinion. There is so little I can do, in the grand scheme of things, outside of try to bring happiness and equilibrium to those I know.

    Is the world more violent than it used to be? Or do we just know more/have access to more information than we used to?

    There are many, many things to worry about. Some of these things we can control, but much of it is simply having the knowledge that there are hurt people out there and how little we can do to help them...

    Pearl



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    1. I think you are right Pearl Be aware but be yourself. You make me laugh and that is what I am many others LOVE and need. Keep up the good work. Hug

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  19. I don't think looking for the good in the world means we ignore the bad. We are surrounded by evil. And lest we forget that, the news media reminds us twenty-four hours a day. If I want bad news I can turn on CNN. And while I NEVER mind fellow bloggers sharing their thoughts on world issues, or sharing something bad that's happening in their own lives, I believe bloggers as a whole want their blogs to be about more than just bad news. At least that's how I feel. Sharing a prayer request is wonderful. Doing a post on something that happens in our country (or yours) is completely appropriate. But I also think that in the midst of the darkness of this world I want my blog to remind folks that there IS joy and happiness and peace in the world. Even if sometimes you have to look hard for it. Blessings from Missouri, and prayers for Canada and the world.

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    1. Joy, happiness and peace is everywhere in Bloggerland if you look and you do not have to look to hard. There are many bloggers bringing smiles to those who need it. There are also many others keeping us informed of the issues. I guess we need the balance It would be silly to ignore the world going on around us but it does not have to stop us from doing what we can to make this world what it was meant to be. Thank you. Hug

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  20. Such a thought provoking post!!! I'm very sheltered by what's going on in the world! Half the time we don't get TV. Or Internet. Insert sad face here! But I don't think I could solve the worlds problems anyway, so I'm pretty happy in my little sheltered bubble!!! I always Love reading your post! Much happier than the news!

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    1. Enjoy your bubble.:) The world will get through it just like it has always done because the people in it keep going and do what they can knowing good always wins:) Hug.

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  21. You are quite right...be aware, take care and live your life. Enjoy the god times. Great tree shots.

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  22. There is plenty of 'real world' in many blogs. The true joy of blogging is being able to connect with others who share similar thoughts or joys, or motivations etc. It's like high-speed pen pals from days of old. If I want to read about the world events, I know where to go. If I want to smile, share a laugh or shed a tear, and chat with those I consider friends, I too, know where to go, be it online or in the 'world'.

    Write what brings you happiness.

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    1. Perfectly said Monkeywrangler. Hug

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  23. You are so right in your blog post, Buttons. I have been going over in my mind about what goes on in the world especially in Canada recently to put in my blog. I have been dealing with personal issues as well but chose to continue on with the photos as normally as possible as we all need to escape somtimes. Beautiful images, love your shot of hugging the tree! Have a great day!

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    1. Hugs to you Stephanie we just have to keep doing what we are doing. Love the trees and hugging:) Hug

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  24. It's an interesting thing to think about. With all the negativity in the world, I like the idea that there are places in blogland (like here) to which I can escape occasionally!

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    1. Escape is what I think people need the most in times of trouble if only for a minute or two. HUG

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  25. B................AKA: Tree Huger,

    Even if it is for just a couple of minutes, you've succeeded in allowing my mind to wonder and smile to appear. We all love you and your posts.
    Hugs,
    Sandy

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    1. AAAhhh thanks Sandy. hugs from Tree hugger:)

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  26. October 23

    I was so shocked, when I learned about the Terrorist shootings, in Canada. And my heart goes out to all of you, of course.

    But you can be proud of your Leader, who had the strength, to call it a Terrorist Act.

    Down here, they can't seem to bring themselves, to call a spade a spade. To call a Terrorist Act, a Terrorist Act. Down here, they sometimes call it "work place violence"... :-(((((

    Tessa~

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    1. Hi Tessa I posted this post yesterday morning before the attack on our poor young soldier. It was a terrible thing a young man lost his life standing in a place of respect and honour holding an unloaded gun in respect with a smile on his face not knowing what happened here in Canada.. Sad day indeed. hug

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    1. I love you two Miss Tanya and Ozzy:) Hug

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  28. Well-written post, Buttons! There is so much to worry about and most bloggers don't talk about those things everyday in their blogs, but that doesn't mean that we aren't aware of it or maybe even living with worry of one kind or another. I think most of us are just trying to live normal lives in the craziness of the world and making our homes a safe haven to live. And finding a smile where we can. Thanks for the smiles your photos provided today!

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    1. Your welcome Cheryl and right back to you. Your blog brings me smiles too. Hug

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  29. Love, love, love your trees! And I'm with you. Enjoy the good, live the happy.

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    1. Oh Shelly you would love to run amongst those trees I do know that. Hug

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  30. I admire your positive attitude and your spirit of goodness-- bringing cheer and beauty into the world of others is truly a gift that you are blessed with. Your blog is and extension of beautiful you--
    Love
    Vicki

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    1. Thank you Vicki and thank you for all you do to make this world a better place. Hug

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  31. I am always interested in the news of my city, the State I live in, the country I live in plus news of the world. Such sad news at times as was yesterdays news coming from Canada. Blogging takes a small fraction of time.
    Hugs M xox

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    1. Yes indeed it takes a small fraction of time and if it brings happiness it is worth every fraction. Take care M xo hug

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  32. When things get overwhelming, I grab my camera and take pictures, play with the dogs and my fav of all, ride my horse.....Look at all the beauty this great land has to offer...
    Cheri

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    1. Love the way you think Cheri. Hug

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  33. There's a song lyric . . "Ya gotta accentuate the positive . . . "
    I think you already got that goin' on . . .

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    1. Love that song and thank you Maggid. Hug

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  34. Bravo . . . keep hugging, running silly and telling it straight . . .
    Great post!

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    1. I will Lynne it is hard to teach an old dog new tricks:) Hug B

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  35. Dwelling on sorrow doesn't change much - it just creates more sorrow. I'd rather hug trees and smile.

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  36. Love your philosophy! I think I might go hug a tree tomorrow. ;0)

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  37. Tree hugging is wonderful Grandma Barb I know you will love it too. Take care. Hug

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  38. Tree hugs are good; Bear hugs are better!

    It seems that we live in the midst of a great deal of pain, and insanity. I spend relatively little time blogging, and a good deal more time following the news. Two soldiers killed in one week: Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent and Cpl Nathan Cirillo — and our Parliament invaded. Way too much news, and so very un-Canadian.

    Blessings and, yes, Bear hugs!

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    1. Way to much news is bad for a bear. Go have some fun the world will be alright. HUG Bear B

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  39. B - it worked! That last photo of you hugging a tree brightened my evening. I mean that, I really do.

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    1. Oh I am so happy that happened Holly, so so happy. Hug

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  40. One of the reasons that I have so loved blogging is that it helps me keep balance and continue to see that there is an abundance of joy, beauty, and creativitiy all around us, even though there are also many difficult things. Really helps me keep my mind in the "right place". I don't think that being a balanced person who sees good means that we are ignoring the world problems, but just seeing the good with the bad. Great topic

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