How do you make things better when you’re “down in the dumps?” What can you do when you’re lower than a worm’s arches? If worms had feet, that is, much less arches.
I believe people can choose to be miserable or be happy and you won’t catch me making a conscious decision to be miserable.
That said, I have to admit I look hard at people who seem to think they have to project childish glee to the world in general, no matter what’s weighing them down. If you know someone who wears a big painted-on grin all the time, after a while you have to come to the realization that there’s a reason a fair number of us are afraid of clowns. There’s something downright unnatural about keeping up a constant front of happiness. It’s just not right — it’s plain exhausting.
Get busy. Brush your dog. You’ll be pleased with the result and so will the dog.
Clean your house, clean your car, clean the glass bowl where the goldfish used to be.
Take a brisk walk. Stretch your legs, breathe some outdoor air, stretch your mind. Expand your soul to include everyone you know and love and then expand it more to include some strangers.
Go to your grandchild’s ballgame and hug a sweaty kid after the game’s over.
Go to work and really involve yourself in what you’re doing. Your work output will be better for the extra effort, and time will fly.
Count your blessings two or three times if necessary.
Cook something good and share it with someone who appreciates it. These tidbits can be enjoyed before, during or after a meal. Use the grill or your oven. They’re a hit either way.
10 bacon slices
5 firm, ripe bananas
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
Saute bacon slightly and drain on paper towels. Cut bananas into 4 pieces each. Place in a large, shallow bowl. Add lime juice and allspice, coating banana pieces. Allow to stand for 15 minutes.
Wrap bacon around banana pieces and broil or grill until bacon browns.
Makes 40 pieces.
Linda Conway Eriksson can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.