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On the eve of Thanksgiving I was going to post some things I am thankful for. On second thought, it’s also the eve of a depressing time for many, who are trying to cope with any kind of loss.
Drinking coffee at Peets, hubby started reading the Sacramento Bee of Sunday, Nov. 16. I became intrigued, and got the whole story for myself.
In short, the police were on a man hunt of a couple accused of having shot 4 people and killed two cops. In this chase with dozens of police, armored vehicles and helicopters, they went into a house to seek for cover.
Click on image to get the intro of the story. The second pic is the official announcement that this house had been tear gassed.
The owners of the house, a retired couple, were away for the weekend, but the brother was home in the basement. He fled and told the police. They deployed teargas, shot 8 windows, and all their belongings are destroyed.
A cleaning crew went through every item in the home to determine if it could be salvaged. Since then the couple lives in their 25 foot trailer at the edge of their property because of the residual fumes of the tear gas.
What if this had been you?
By no fault of their own they suddenly lost their whole history, except for the skeleton of the house. First their insurance didn’t want to pay – now they pay part. The county pays part. The silver lining is that all kinds of people have stepped up to give donations, food, etc. Because the two cops were killed the owner doesn’t see himself as a victim. He sure does more than surviving!
a faded rose on my table – only edits on background, not on flower
No matter where you are at in life, your age or gender, what job you hold, what relationships you have, which house or room you call your own, there are two ways
one is survival
the other is blooming
When we only see clouds above us, we sometimes forget that the sky is blue and that the sun is shining behind the clouds. Especially when those clouds have not moved in years.
Managing to bloom on rock and in triple digit heat
(Modified for Mandarin Orange and Orange TGIF)
Am I just surviving or existing, or am I blooming?
Do I need courage to face my fears, anger, failure, passivity, or depressed attitude so I can bloom?
There’s no shame – it’s the smart thing to do to get help.
Get good help (note: not medication – it only covers up the problem and delays the restoration of yourself).
Not someone who tells you what you want to hear. Good help may take time and can be very painful or expensive. Because you may have been living with lies all these years, the lies have become your friends.
You may have to hold on very tightly, not to slip into the
blues nostalgia seeing the leaves yellowing, falling off, turning brown and paper thin. It may make you feel like you’re on a slippery slope and sink in a hole too deep to pull yourself out.
The storm left her bereft of leaves, but immovable
Grit your teeth if you have to, but be determined to make it through below zero and snow in the winter. That’s endurance.
A daily recipe. Eat, drink, sleep, and dream HOPE
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