Friday, September 20, 2013

Life Is Too Short For Negativity

“Keep knocking, and the joy inside will eventually open a window and look out to see who's there.”
- Rumi -

I’m typically an upbeat individual; satisfied with my life and rarely unhappy. But that doesn’t mean I’m immune to bad moods. Or frustration. Or pessimism. Or even despair. Yeah, me; the one that shares so much silliness on this blog.


I have dark moments, and I don’t like them. Negativity is energy-depleting, and robs you of time better spent enjoying the magnificence of this life. So I work on lifting my spirits. I rest. Read. Listen to music. Remind myself of things I should be grateful for. Spend time with people I love. Spend time with Mother Nature. And go on photo shoots. Lots and lots of photo shoots.


And slowly but surely, little by little, the dark clouds dissolve, the sun shines through and I return to my old happy - and silly - self.


Life is too short for negativity. I’d rather spend it being a goofball!

*snort*

Photos courtesy of the most amazing man in the world (aka: the other goofball)

Wishing you all a 'goofball-y' weekend!

54 comments:

  1. I know whet you mean, have a great weekend.

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  2. I'm sorry to hear that you've had some recent times with dark clouds. I think that these times make the fun and silly times more special. I love the quote by Rumi!! It is new to me so thank you for sharing it. By the way, I love your last pic!

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    1. We all have moments like that. I don't let them get the better of me. I claw my way back up into the light. Life goes by so quickly and I hate wasting time on those feelings.

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  3. None of us are immune to these feelings. They're natural and, in my opinion, healthy. I think you found a good remedy though...nature :)

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  4. I love your silliness! and all those amazing pictures you take :)

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    1. I couldn't imagine my life without goofiness! Thanks for your nice comment :)

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  5. Yes, sometimes good moods don't "just happen" -- sometimes they take work! I'm glad you've found what techniques work best for you.

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    1. How can your mood not get better with those gorgeous swans next to you?!

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  6. I can relate too. I am usually happy and it takes a lot to get me down but it does happen. I like your remedies. I use many of the same ones. I love your pictures!

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    1. I'm glad that I'm happy more often than not. So those few moments that I'm down are easily dealt with.

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  7. must be something going around .... ;) energy draining negativity ... hiss on it

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    1. Hahaha...yes, hiss on it! It's probably the change of seasons; the dying of summer.

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  8. Welcome to the 'human race' Martha! I hear you loud and clear. It's always good when we figure out what's best for ourselves. Can't be happy all the time.
    have a great weekend.

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    1. As long as we find a technique to help us feel better, it's all good! Enjoy the weekend.

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  9. LOVE your goofball-ish visage....imagine if you used that every time you met some one ~~~ try it ~~ laughs would surround you all the time. We have a photographer friend who asks all his subjects to open their mouths wide for all photos and uses them ~~~ yup uses them. Really puts a smile on your face, very clever indeed.
    Up and down days are inevitable because ~~~ well because life is ever changing and to make an equilibrium you need balance. The down times need gentleness because they are so encumbering. Always know that better times are around the corner, usually the next day or after a good power snooze.
    Ron

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    1. Hahaha...yes, that goofball-ish visage would definitely generate some laughter. You'd have to be a really miserable person to keep from smiling. Sometimes fatigue burns up our energy, which is certainly the case for us introverts. That contributes to a bad day. A good power snooze always helps. I love those!

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  10. Guess we all have been there and I'm with you, Martha, thinking of all the good things we have and spending time with good people is a sure way for me to chase away those blues!

    I really love all these photos, they are beautiful and that last one of you with that big grin is too adorable!
    Keep on being silly, love it :)

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    1. I intend to keep being silly until the very end! What better way to go through life than laughing and having fun. Yes, we all have those bad days, but at least we make our way out of them.

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  11. wonderful positivity today! Who doesn't need that?

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  12. You have to feel the lows so you can really enjoy the highs. How in the world did you get so close to those swans?

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    1. Those swans are always at that lake. I swear I've never seen birds friendlier than these two. They literally took a snooze right next to me. It's quite an experience!

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  13. wonderful blog...pretty photos....

    I'm very busy this time... My daughter has two nwborns - two little princesses named Nicole and Nina ...

    Enjoy your weekend...

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    1. Oh, Viera, that is wonderful! Congratulations. What a beautiful blessing.

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  14. We all get them...yin/yang thingie. I'm like you, I hate it when I'm down, simply don't understand it. I'm almost always in a good mood, so it throws me off for a day or so. I meditate and that normally clears my head. There's no explanation, just ups n downs flow thing.

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    1. I think part of it is that we run out of energy and need some rest. We're also overloaded with information these days, a lot of it bad, and that certainly can weigh us down.

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  15. I like your "goof ball " picture. It's great that one can be goofy. However, the blues are something that become overwhelming, It's not just a little downer. It's a time when one thinks it will never get any better. I hope myou never get the blues.

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    1. Having a bad day as opposed to experiencing a full blown depression are extremely different. I do hope that anyone that experiences the latter seeks appropriate support and help.

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  16. Have a HAPPY wknd you goofball lol
    XOXO

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    1. Thanks, Suzan! I think you're a goofball, too; that's why I like you so much :)

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  17. Love your goofball portrait! Nature is always uplifting! Take care!

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  18. I try to be as positive as I can

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  19. and what a beautiful goof ball you are !

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  20. O, how I love your SANGUINE spirit, and your goofball-ness. You are so right -- negativity is a thief. Everyone has dark moments; the key is not giving them power and letting them overcome us. Ultimately, that's what they are -- moments -- and they pass. We have to make a conscious decision every time to rise above, and not wallow in, them -- to keep knocking, as Rumi says. Canada's space and beauty surely offer lots of peace, quiet and rejuvenation! I was wanting to write about that incidentally; how where you live can really influence your world view, your approach to life, your stress levels.

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    1. "Negativity is a thief"... That is such a great way of putting it! It truly is a thief; robbing us of joy. Dark moments are moments that I work on eliminating. I don't want to waste whatever precious time I have in this beautiful world focusing on those feelings. I have so much to be thankful for, and I am surrounded by so much beauty. You are very right about where you live affecting how you view life, the world, etc. Canada is a geographically stunning country; there is always a place to go to heal.

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  21. Great shots! You should put the last one as your profile picture. :-)

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  22. Oh gosh that is so lovely, and inspiring....you have no idea, thank you!

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    1. Thank you, Lorraine! I hope you have a lovely weekend.

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  23. A great post, Martha. You are a shining light.

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  24. Fantastic photos and very useful information. Best wishes

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    1. Thank you for your nice comment and for visiting, Joseph.

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  25. That is a great attitude Martha! And you're right being with nature and those gorgeous swans will always make a person feel better!

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    1. It's hard to be upset when you're surrounded by such beauty.

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  26. I LOVE your silly ways. I am silly too...as graceful as a bull in a china store. I honestly believe it takes as much energy to be happy as it does to be unhappy. So, why be unhappy right?

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    1. You and I would get along wonderfully, Ana! Yes, why be unhappy???

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