#361: Fighting the Blues
Sunday, June 27, 2010
Last night for a few minutes I felt sorry for myself, something that is not a normal situation for me. I felt discouraged because life wasn't treating me as I thought it should. Although the depression did not last long, the pets sensed it and came to comfort me. It may sound strange to say that but those who are pet owners know exactly what I mean.
First Baby and Thumper, the dogs, put their heads on my knee and began to wag their tails. Well, Thumper the Shepherd did. Baby the Boxer has no tail so her whole back end wriggled. It is always funny seeing her do that. Then the cats Brownie and Kitty started winding their way through my legs and raising their heads for a scratch.
Giving all of them attention took my focus off of my worries and lifted my spirits. I didn't need to call a close friend and talk. Just knowing I was loved and appreciated was enough. Perhaps it is weird receiving encouragement from animals. But sometimes there is no one around and we often don't want to toss our burdens onto someone else anyway.
The fact is, life gets us down from time to time and we need to find a release and not wallow in despair and depression. After some pet time I said a prayer and took some "me" time. In a short while I began to feel better. I focused on listing the positives in my life, of which there are plenty, and began to feel even better.
I believe having a solid foundation in positive thinking helps us recover more quickly from such bouts of the blues. It sure did help me and may help you, too, when life becomes too much to bear. Just taking a few minutes every day and reminding ourselves of the positives in our lives will do us a world of good.
Although, spending time with a loved one, be they a person or pet, is not a bad idea either.