This was just a quick exercise – to put into perspective the things that are perking me up and the things that are getting me down.


I chose 4 points each not to make it too long so I could elaborate on them a bit more…

Here are my happy points :

  • Listening to music takes away any sadness I may have had that day, it brings back memories when listening to the lyrics in a song. It’s a powerful thing.
  • My friends are the ones who no matter what and no matter where they are, whether it’s by my side or at the end of the phone, they are true friends.
  • I have quite a close relationship with my family. We are always in touch by phone, outings, little get-togethers and even Facetime. They mean the world to me.
  • I adore writing. Whether its shorthand and in a diary or a journal, a blog post or a lengthy few pages planning my next book I just love every element of it. It relaxes me. Its like therapy for the mind and soul.

Here are my not so happy points :

  • Having a few illnesses will always get me down as it stops me from living a ‘normal’ life and is always at the forefront of my mind every day. If it’s not one thing it’s the other. Its just the way life is and I need to adapt to it.
  • My Dad – my hero. He has really bad Vascular Dementia at the age of 71. He had encephalitis at 64 (inflammation of the brain) which brought on the Dementia early. Its been 9 months since I last saw him and I hope a little bit of his memory still remembers his favourite girl.
  • Whether its the 6 ‘o’ clock news on TV or the hourly news on the radio, it’s always sad, bad news. It gets me down seeing all the pain in the world and suffering. I know its life but wouldn’t it be lovely to have a whole half hour of great news to make you smile.
  • I don’t think I am on my own here with being miserable about our English weather. The rain and snow can sod off now, we want to look forward to brighter warmer days and not be wrapped up for winter when it’s nearly April.

Well there you go that is my happy/sad table and it felt better getting it out, and seeing that even though there are some things that make me frown there are things that equally make me smile too.

Why not give it a go yourself. It’s good to be reflective.

Til next time…


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