Yep – you guessed it. I reached the limits of my knowledge of Roman numerals. But hey, it was fun while it lasted, right?
I’m not going to lie; it’s been hard coming up with posts for awhile. It’s not that I’m not grateful or that there aren’t plenty of things for me to feel grateful about in my life. It’s that I’ve been struggling to stay in that space. It feels a lot like some kind of rite of initiation where you’re standing atop a platform while the rest of the village throws stuff at you to try to knock you off. (Or was that just a thing in “Ace Ventura”?) You climb back up to the top of the platform but it’s difficult to maintain your position there for very long. I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one feeling this way, particularly with all that’s going on in the world lately.
I get this way when I get overwhelmed, and honestly, it doesn’t take much to overwhelm me anymore. I get tired of having the 24-hour news cycle in my face, especially since most of it is just reckless fear-mongering. I get tired of seeing man’s inhumanity to man played out over and over again on a daily basis. I get all fired up about some of the things that are going on and convinced that I have to stay active and informed in all of it because y’know, somehow, I’m going to be able to change something.
Well, it’s time for me to take a step back and spend more time doing the things that restore my own peace of mind and keep me in a place of gratitude. I don’t need to be tuned in 24/7 to know that there’s danger and pain in the world. I know it’s out there. But I’ve spent too much time focused on that and not focused on all the good that’s still there.
So, I had to dig a little deeper to hit that place of gratitude, but it’s still there. And here’s what made my list this week:
I don’t have cable, so I didn’t get to see the BET Awards live, but they had promised weeks ago that they were going to really deliver a fitting tribute to Prince. And they did not disappoint. It was hard to watch,because it just smacks you in the face with the realization that he really is gone, and really nobody can do Prince’s music like he could, but the tributes were heartfelt and they had at least a bit of his energy and soul. My favorite (of course) was Sheila E. and the NPG. If you didn’t see it, check it out on BET’s website.
Yep – that’s His guitar in their hands.
Sunday we took a break and went to see “Finding Dory” with 2 of the kids. If you’re feeling low, Dory is truly the perfect medicine. And I really think this movie is better than the original (mostly because it features Dory, which was my favorite part of “Finding Nemo”). It’s definitely a hit.
And now, I’m off to go and find something happy to watch and maybe work on some project that makes me smile. Maybe I’ll just go inside my pillow fort with some crayons. It’s time for a bit of peace. Have a beautiful week!
Much love – Mama Bear