Friday, January 23, 2015

Just a scratch.....

Take my word for it,
the saddest thing under the sky is a soul incapable of sadness.

                                                            Eric Fromm


The very first thing I heard blaring from the TV set that My Hero was listening to was, “Today, January 19, is the most depressing day of the year”. I looked down at my coffee cup and wondered what I was supposed to do with that information. I felt neither happy, nor sad that day. The word "detached" came to mind.

My Hero left at the usual time and then I was alone, all alone with my thoughts.

I knew that even though it may only be "a detached day" for me, so far, it could very well be what my Grandmother called "A melancholy day" or even a "truly depressing day" for someone else.

My first thought; what if there was a window that you could climb through, and it would take you somewhere, far away from whatever it was that was making you sad. I was thinking a place like OZ. Well OZ, without the crazy apple throwing trees, the old wicked witch and those very scary flying monkeys. The OZ, with those singing, giant lollipop holding kids. Remember? "We represent the lollipop kids, the lollipop kids……" Yes, that still makes me smile, every time. Just strolling along a beautiful yellow brick road, under beautiful blue skies while laughing and skipping with a talking scarecrow, a lovable lion, and a tin man, sounds great doesn’t it? Now you get it.


What could I do to make my day, better? I had to prove those news reports to be wrong. I have a sneaking suspicion that news reports can, and will drag you from a melancholy day, to, a very depressing day, in a matter of minutes, or even seconds if you let them. I remember telling my own Dad. Stop watching so much news, it will bring you down. I still believe that is true.


I headed out to feed the cows, and after climbing down from the tractor I wandered over to have a little chat with Bossy2. She stood there staring at me. I took my glove off and scratched her behind the ear. She loves that, a simple gesture making her happy, in turn making me happy. While watching her enjoy and feeling the smile on my own face grow, I had another thought.

What if we would all go out into the world everyday sharing those simple gestures with others? Just the simple act of sharing a kind word, a smile, maybe a hug or two, or simply just acknowledging, "that someone", who may secretly be searching for that window to OZ. We honestly do not know what people are really going through in their lives. I think this could, and would make all the difference in the world.


I was going to add; Just a scratch behind the ear but I thought that would probably be a bit weird, not to mention very, very awkward.

Turn off the news, get out there and prove those news reports wrong.

It does not take much effort to bring some sunshine into someone’s day.

Sounds simple, don't you think?


Later

46 comments:

  1. Who knew there was a most depressing day of the year? Well, on a bright note, it's passed! And I'm sure you brought some brightness to someone's day :-)

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  2. i wonder why? i saw on twitter they said that it was National Hug Day ... i prefer that celebration. i love hugs. my hubby has never been a big hugger ... i am not sure whether that is a family thing or what? my family, we love to HUG. so when have not seen each other in a long time we do hug a lot ... the hubby still doesn't appreciate or understand it. so it is a lot of handshakes. ha. ha!! hugs for every one!! ( :

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  3. Is there a 'happiest' day of the year? Probably. A simple Hello, a touch of the hand to a shoulder, a hug. We all need that gesture of kindness to show we are not alone and that someone cares. And yes, turn off the news! Hugs to you today. :)

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  4. You have the most beautiful hands... and heart. Mayhap we should have an International 'Be Silly' day? I'm sure it would more than balance out the most depressing day. =) Huge hugs!

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    1. They would be my Mom's beautiful hands. I will tell her what you said. xo

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  5. You said this perfectly . . . thank you for the "tickle" behind my ear . . .
    (Wonderful quote!)

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  6. I do avoid the news at all costs.

    Very well written!

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  7. Yes, this is so true. We don't know what people are going through. We need to be genuine and generous, not flattering, with our words to others. It can truly make the difference between a depressing day and a pleasant day. Nice post.

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  8. even better. don't listen to the news, at all.

    you will still scratch bossy 2's ear. and be happy, for doing it.

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  9. Yes the news is always bad....but the sun shining in the window on a sleepy cat brings a smile and tasting a new recipe that works is even better on a cool day...slurpy stew..yum! This is a sweet, touching and basically wonderful post!

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  10. Sounds so simple B! It is wonderful when an unexpected gesture makes you smile. Or when you know you have done something to make someone else smile x

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  11. I agree with you about getting out there and spread the sunshine in someone's day.

    I try to do that by leaving some heartfelt comments on my followers blogs. Stopping and reading their blog and looking for the positive content. Just letting them know that I read their post and they matter to me. Even though I'm not literally touching someone, the internet is a valuable tool to do good.

    Have a nice day.
    Hugs,
    JB

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  12. I totally agree with you Buttons. The news is depressing and sometimes its hard to detach and move away from the sad, depressing reports but when you do it sure feels great. Perspective I guess :) Have a great day!

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  13. sometimes our critters provide the giving and taking of love to get us through and sometimes we need that human touch. :)

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  14. That nasty Seasonal Affection Disorder for us in the northern hemisphere...Belize. What we all need is Belize...

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  15. News? Only when necessary. And the bare bones. And then outside to get healing from nature.
    Love your idea to spread some kindness. An epidemic I would love to see.

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  16. I try to make one person "smile" every day in hopes that they will pass it on!...:)JP

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  17. I can attest that nature heals the soul- calms a grieving heart and beings a smile to the face. It's a fact.

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  18. Miss B,
    I quit watching the national news years ago for that same reason. They report on so much violence, drama and negative actions it is too much. I have started to turn the tv on for the nightly national news, but find myself not paying much attention.

    J and I really enjoy CBS Sunday Morning. The majority of the reporting is positive human interest stories.

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  19. I agree completely!! We need to focus on what's positive. And I don't mean we live in denial. But we CHOOSE happiness and joy. There are many things going on in the world and in our lives that we can't control. But we CAN control our thoughts. The Bible says to "take captive every thought and make it obedient to Christ." (II Corinthians 10:5). We are to think on what is GOOD and JUST and TRUE. Sometimes we underestimate just how much a smile, a compliment, a kind word can mean to someone who is hurting. Thanks for reminding me to go out and share the love of Jesus! Blessings my friend!

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  20. One of my favorite quotes is the be kinder than necessary one that circulates the internet all the time. It's so true....and so is your post! I had no idea about THAT MONDAY being blue Monday at all....funny how I was reminded about it all day.

    Grace no matter how many times a week you post...5 or 2 or even 3 times....your posts are all beautiful and of the highest quality.

    Now I am off to scratch a cow behind the ear....literally that is.

    Jen

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  21. And you dear one, have brought a ray of sunshine into my day! Thank you!

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  22. I hate watching the news....makes me believe the entire world is bad....yet, the people that I meet each day seem so kind and so good. Love this post!

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  23. It is amazing how little it actually takes to turn someone's day around! If we would all just do a little kindness to the people we interact with...just imagine how un-depressing the day could be! :)

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  24. Too bad that guy didn't start off with " Hey this is the happiest day of the year, and the best day of your life."
    I have been listening to this guy lately talking about choosing our thoughts. I was never aware until now about how
    changing thoughts really do help or hinder our day.
    I think scratching any thing behind the ear is a happy day, (Well not my hubby) like a chicken, they go to sleep. My dog smiles and the cats purr. Cows like it too. Though not to sure about sheep. :) Have a lovely day.

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  25. There are days, YOU are that window, my friend.

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  26. Bob and I have severely cut our news intake - why is bad or depressing the only news we get? Like you, I try to show some kindness to others and often get more than I give in return. If I had a cow, I'd scratch it behind the ear!

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  27. I never knew there was a "most depressing day" !!!! Wow!
    I would so love to find a window to climb through and have another day with Tom ....
    diane @ thoughts and shots

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  28. I HATE that news declaring a certain day of the year as the most depressing day of the year. Some years it falls on my birthday and how do you think that makes me feel? Luckily, I don't believe it. :))

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  29. I refuse to watch or listen to the news to much gloom and tragedy out there for me I prefer to get lost in and listen to the nature of things here in our valley with my girl Miggs , The valley talks to me calls me to walk it's paths and enjoy it's beauty and that I do every day . Thanks for sharing , wonderful post . Have a good weekend !

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  30. A scratch behind the ear sounds kinda nice. :)
    It's funny when we feel detached we ( I ) head out and " talk " to the animals. They always understand. :)
    Cheri

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  31. Smiles are definitely contagious! Yes, it would be a bit odd to try that "scratch behind the ear.":-) xo Nellie

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  32. I had no idea there was a day labeled as such!

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  33. You worked hard on this post but you left us with a simple lesson of how to make ourselves feel good. I can remember times when somebody said or did something completely changed my whole mood.

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  34. I just looked up today at "holidayinsights.com" and found today is,

    23 National Pie Day

    23 National Handwriting Day

    23 Measure Your Feet Day

    I believe there's plenty of happiness in that listing.

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  35. That would make for such a happier world. I do try not to watch the news.. It is pretty depressing. Another great post my friend.

    Hugs~

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  36. Sounds like you cheered yourself up after hearing it was a depressing day on the radio....they put these thoughts in our heads if we want to take notice. Hugs M xox

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  37. It was national pie day and no one told me? I need to watch the news more often lol.

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  38. I quit watching the news a couple of weeks ago, and tore into my winter routine of watching tv series in the mornings or evenings instead. Winter is hard for me, and in the last week my brother and sister both informed me of some health issues they are having. I can't get them off of my mind. I'm glad the snow melted so I can get out. I think it helps to be with friends.

    Cindy Bee

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  39. that's a good recommendations. the news get to me sometimes. lately, they get to me quite often. but you're right. a bit of gratitude and a bit of shared happiness makes all the difference.

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  40. What a beautiful post B! I had heard that on the news too, but how could I be depressed when I had just spend two wonderful days with my kids and grandkids. My new years resolution is to make someone smile every day by giving a kind word, smile, or hug.

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  41. i think hallmark is working overtime!!! i don't watch the news but, i really should know what going on in the "other" world....all i know is what's going on in the blogging world!!!!!

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  42. I never watch the news in the morning. I get up, get dressed, and spend 10 minutes cuddling on the couch with my dog. That 10 minutes gets my day off to the best start.

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  43. Bossy2 has lovely eye lashes!!!
    If you can get out of the house, you are half way there, I find...

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  44. Buttons girl ... I don't watch the news if I can help it either .. sometimes it sneaks in on other programs but I have a fast finger on the remote!LOL
    I love that Bossy2 can so enjoy that luvin up scratch ... animals don't ask for much and enjoy every bit of attention they do get .. simple and sweet ... how could we not smile and feel happy seeing that ?
    Joy : )
    PS .. how long does it take to get rid of a head cold ?

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  45. Yes, yes, yes. I can tell when I'm getting too caught up in the news of the world, when I think things are so awful. Then I have to focus on what is good in my life. I agree so much that the little gestures we make not only help others (we may never know, but we can hope they do) and help us, too.

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