Today’s Word: Letting Go
I’d be the first to admit that I’m a worrier who anguishes over small things to the point that it interferes with my sleep and my health. Again and again, I remind myself that “this” is what it is, I can’t change it, and I need to quit reframing it and endlessly trying to get to a different outcome.
Alas, I’m preaching to the ‘choir’ when I do this. I know that I can’t make a dent in the problem but I can seldom segue from acknowledging that reality to being able to actually let it go. Whether the question is enormous, like what is this world coming to, or simply looms large on my personal radar screen, like why do I have to watch out for all those careless drivers every time I go to the grocery store, I obsess. ‘It’s not fair!’ or some permutation of that thought is my usual mental response and I chew on it endlessly.
As an antidote to all this obsessing, I’ve decided to learn to take deep breaths, focus on improving my own thoughts and actions to the extent I can, and letting the rest go. Well, I’ve decided that. Now I only have to put it into practice and hold onto the practice until it becomes second nature. We’ll see how well it works.
Until Next Time!
Ellie Pulikonda, Writer/Author
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Now Today’s Word? Adage . . .
That’s a little used word today but it pretty much means ‘old wisdom.’ Take, for example, the invitation to ‘sit a spell’. The old folks knew that it was a good idea to just sit and rest sometimes, let our conversation wander or ruminate about things in general. It meant to give yourself permission to rest your mind while you rested your body and let your thoughts roam wherever they wanted to go.
Today, hardly anybody but the really ancient (read that ‘outdated’) old folks spend any time just sitting a spell and talking a bit. Most of us now have electronic devices to fill up those moments when we might have relaxed a while. Instead, we chose to ‘nudge’ someone else’s electronic device rather than carry on a conversation with someone nearby. We don’t even slow down enough to spell out our messages. “LOL’” and ‘OMG’ allow us to speed write to someone super quick so we can move on to speed writing to someone else or check to see if someone has speeded a message to us. LOL
A while back I was in a vet’s waiting room with my little dog when a father came in with his two young sons. As he came through the door he was ‘thumbing’ a message on a hand-held device. Still typing, he came over and sat down, continuing to write and alternately check for incoming messages. His two small sons tried very hard to get his attention but he completely ignored them. In the fifteen or twenty minutes we all sat there waiting, he did not once interact with his sons. His thumbs were frantically sending out messages to people not present. I could see how much the boys would have loved it if he would just ‘sit a spell’ with them, if only to reassure them about their puppy.
So, maybe ‘sitting a spell’ is outmoded and outdated but I think there is some wisdom to the idea that we should slow down sometimes and notice what’s right there instead of what’s on the device. Those old adages have a grain of truth in them.
Ellie Pulikonda, Writer/Author
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Hello Readers, Friends and Welcome All,
I want to start by saying, “Thank You” to all who have come to visit, like and follow my little writers blog here on WordPress. You are the reason I have made my first WordPress Milestone. And this is my 20th blog post as well.
Your current tally is 51 . . . . Now on to my new Words On Words!
This week’s Word? “SMOKE” Yes, this week’s word is “smoke.” As in, ‘smoke gets in your eyes’ and noses and lungs. There is an out–of-control forest fire raging just north of us which blows smoke to us when prevailing winds aid and abet it. Today, the smoke is thick and acrid, not the worst day since the fire started but surely not the best. Air quality is sometimes officially listed as ‘unhealthy’.
This summer, and for the past couple of years, the drought conditions have set up the perfect storm, with lightening streaking down on forested lands and igniting fires that destroy thousands of acres of forestland, not to mention homes and farms that are in the path of the flames. This one below is closest to where I live in Southern Oregon.
“The Stouts Fire is the largest among them, having burned approximately 19,971 acres. It is located 11 miles east of Canyonville near Milo, Oregon on forest lands protected by Douglas Forest Protective Association. Firefighters have the blaze about 20 percent contained. Officials have ordered level 1 and level 2 evacuations in the area. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.”
When prevailing winds are just right, the smoke from these fires can make it difficult to breathe and difficult to see the beauty that we consider our right. Normally, our valley is a beautiful place to be, with evergreens covering mountains, hills, and valleys. Rivers and streams gurgle through the town, and the air is so fresh and clean it’s like drinking in premium champagne.
When the fires come the smoke hides the natural beauty all around us and makes life more difficult and certainly less beautiful.
But the ocean is only about ninety minutes away and if things get too smoky, we can always head to the coast for a day or two and breathe in the fresh salt air. And enjoy the amazing forested road that gets us there. The next blog may well be from the beach. Ah, there’s a lovely word: beach . . . .
I wish you all a ‘smoke free’ week.
Ellie Pulikonda, Author/Writer