Monday Mayhem: Beat the Blues by Doing Good

“Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can.”

It’s easy to get caught up in your own problems. They’re kind of always right there with you. But, every now and then it helps to be reminded that no matter how bad things may be, they could be worse. And, no matter how bad they are, it’s likely that for someone else it is worse! So, we might as well shoulder our own cross without complaint, ‘cuz complainin’ ain’t gonna change nothing anyhow!

I guess I’m a little preoccupied with all of this social and political unrest, but there’s as much swirling around in the news as there is in my own personal life. Perhaps you can relate? We’re barely into 2017 and already realities are shifting–nationally and locally–making the future uncertain.

I don’t want to get swept away with the fray, so I’m turning my focus to the One who is constant. Peering out through the lens of God’s perspective at this chaotic world, I’m in search of a life that I can change for the better.

Today’s Monday Mayhem is about reaching out.  Shake off the Monday blues by shifting your focus to someone else’s struggle. Buy a cup of coffee for the driver behind you in the Starbuck’s line; carry someone’s groceries to their car; stop by your co-worker’s cubicle and pay him/her a compliment. You never know what good the smallest gesture might do.

It may brighten someone’s day.

And it just might give you a little pep too.

Happy Monday!

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Why Write?

So, people who don’t like writing won’t understand this, but those of us who are in love with the Word will…

Writing is like breathing! It gives life.

I am happiest when I’m creating something–whether it’s a poem, a story or a commentary–there’s this high that comes from stringing words together like pearls. Such a simple thing, yet so captivating!  Sometimes I don’t even know what I’m about to say, but the words just come spilling out. Then I’ll read what I wrote and have to sop it up with a napkin…”that was awful.” But other times, the words flow as they should. In a steady stream, cool and sweet as iced coffee and I must admit, “mmm…that was good!”

But, good or bad, the blank page is a faithful friend, always there waiting for me. And I hate to leave my friend waiting too long.

Speaking of friends, I’ve found that as much fun as it is to write, it’s equally as fun to connect with other writers. Since starting this blog I’ve entered an alternate universe where people like me gather to babble. I can get lost in the sea of syllables! If I didn’t have to go to work I could sit here all day reading and responding to writers and bloggers like me. There’s comfort in the coalition of common interests.

So, these are some of my reasons for writing, what are yours? Is writing therapeutic? Does it help you think more clearly? Escape from the daily grind? Tell me what writing does for you!

In the meantime, here are some great image quotes that I found in response to this enduring question…smallsignature