Sunday, September 5, 2010

Bored? Sad? Have I Got News For You!

Amanda & Sarah, two of my beautiful grandchildren
We all experience moments of sadness or boredom. Even my own grandchildren will look droopy or sad because maybe Mom or Dad yelled at them for throwing the roller coaster at each other.

While one of them is crying from the pain, the other, sent to the corner for a time-out, screams out in fear of being tortured by spiders who camp out in that corner of the house. Amazing how quickly those little arachnids can build a home.

But I digress. A couple of my other grandchildren will Facebook things like, "I'm so bored," or "I hate people," or, "Oh, poor me. I'm going out to the garden to eat worms."

Wait. Sorry, that last one was a flashback to my childhood when my parents, who had no empathy whatsoever for my own sad feelings, would make fun of me by repeating that mantra every time I pouted about being unable to breathe as I lay dying from an asthma attack. Oh-oh, my exaggeration gene just sprouted wings again.

Anyway,  along came a spider – oops, I still have spiders in my head, or is that cobwebs on my brain (what is happening to me today?) – oh, I know, I'm just being me, and today is one of those erratic-silly-thoughts-in-my-head kind of day. And I wasn't even drinking.

I think it's because I'm getting kind of giddy knowing that soon one of my sisters and I will be taking a road trip to Florida together (wish my other sister could join us), and that after that I'll be taking another road trip to visit my son and his family.

What happens in my head is that my happiness excites the neurons in my brain and I feel, well, HAPPY!

Oh, YAY! Somehow I managed to get back to the point of this blog, which is to tell everybody who feels sad, morose, lethargic, or sobby (yes, I just made up that word and I like it) to read, 10 Ways to Feel Happy in 5 Minutes or Less by Joan Haines.

So I will leave you with the song and video, Don't Worry – Be Happy, released in September 1988 by Bobby McFerrin, starring Robin Williams and Bill Irwin. Embedding was disabled (I would have liked to have had it right here in my blog), so I can only provide the link. I invite you to watch the video and listen to it HERE.

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