#242: Feeling Melancholy
Friday, February 26, 2010
When I write these daily blogs I try to be uplifting, encouraging and inspiring, if possible. Today, though, I can't do that. Melancholy -- mental alienation characterized by gloom, depression, dejection, sadness -- has captured my spirit and won't let go.
This is not the normal me today. Not as upbeat as usual although I have had a relatively nice day so far -- lunch with a friend, paying bills that turned out to be less than I anticipated (always good news), dinner with another friend -- and for that I apologize.
I think much of this has to do with the fact that an elderly friend, the one from lunch, has asked to stay with me while he and his wife try to patch up their marriage. If they don't reconcile, I'm afraid I may end up being his caretaker the way his health is going. It's not a responsibility I'm prepared to undertake and for that I'm feeling guilty.
I am grateful I can offer shelter to a friend in need. And I'm happy to reorganize my schedule to fit in taking him to his doctor's appointments.
So why do I feel so, I don't know, worn out over this? Maybe that's it, that I'm simply tired. I know I've fought back and forth over posting this thinking I'm being too sensitive or proud or selfish or something.
Have you had a day such as this one? When you don't quite feel in synch with the world and with yourself?
Deep inside, I'm still mellow, but somewhat troubled today and am not sure why.
Still, I know with the grace of God that this mood, too, shall pass and tomorrow will be a brighter day.
I hope you have a pleasant evening.