Archive for the ‘hope’ Category
The clue is in the picture. See the peanuts?
Do you now know what bluejays and squirrels have in common?
If you guessed that they both love peanuts, you are right! And…they are both stashers, that’s right, stashers.
It is fall in Ontario and one of the noisiest birds left in our yard is the blue jay. They are just as noisy as crows. By the way, did you know that they are in the same family? Crows are the ugly cousins I guess, blue jays the finer dressed but equally as noisy.
The most movement in our back yard comes from the falling leaves, the squirrels and the blue jays. I just don’t remember noticing how busy blue jays were at this time of year before. Have I missed this all of these years?
I found an oak tree growing in my garden. When I pulled it out there was an acorn attached to it.
Could that acorn have been stashed by a blue jay?
Can we thank the beautiful blue jay for propagating the mighty oak tree?
SMALL THINGS CAN MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE! Read the rest of this entry »
If you read this blog regularly, you know I am a walker. Almost every day that I can, I will walk anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour. I consider it the most important part of my depression management strategy as well as the most enjoyable part.
We live out in the country and so I don’t see many people on my walks but I do see the occasional wildlife. When I started seeing bears, I switched my walks to the town closest to us. That turned out to be the best thing ever.
Now I see people every day on my walks which is good for me since I tend to isolate myself due to depression . The conversations are usually short which is sometimes all I can manage. But the meetings are pleasant nonetheless and I am so glad that I switched to town walking instead of my lonely country road.
I guess then that I am glad that a few years ago I spotted bears, which, even though that was scary, it led me to my pleasant town walks.
So was the bear spotting serendipitous, or coincidence or was it God? Read the rest of this entry »
Everyone wanted to interview Rick Warren when he came out with his book ‘The Purpose Driven Life’ with the subtitle ‘what on earth am I here for?’ Even Oprah.
Oh that it could be so easy!
Just dial ‘H-O-P-E’
The smart phone people are trying to make it that easy. Really!
You just might want to check this out. Some of it is a little ‘fluffy’ but some of it has real value. And most of the 17 apps described are FREE! Read the rest of this entry »
We are chatting about gaining new perspective for your depression journey. Why do you need new perspective? To give you hope that you won’t always feel depressed, to give you hope that maybe a new idea will shed new light on an old problem.
Last time I shared a photo of a magnificent view and I related that amazing sight to the idea of gaining new perspective. The truth is however, that looking at a scene like that will actually do nothing for my depression if I am in the midst of it. Actually, it can make me feel worse. I will look at that spectacular view and say to myself “what kind of a loser am I that I can continue to feel this lousy while looking at this awesome scene?”
So why did I share that photo? To get your attention, inspire you, encourage you to think of things higher than yourself, that’s why. Read the rest of this entry »
I have included a photo of a ‘little book’ to give you the idea that the first book I am going to tell you about is as small as this one and as gentle.
“Moods” is the simplest book I have ever read about depression. You can even read it and understand it while you are depressed! The author, Dr. Grant Mullen, has a gift for words, using just the right amount of explanation in a way that anyone can understand. He does not overwhelm with his knowledge. I like that about him. Read the rest of this entry »