Tolkien, artist

Keeping Positive

I'm working hard on staying positive even though at this time of the year I'm operating on a tank that is rapidly approaching empty. I am 75% finished with my LOTR Community Gen Yule Fic, so I'm comfortable where I am with that. Maybe I'll continue working on that this morning instead of working on my novel, just for a change of pace. I have started looking at what I want for the design of my solstice cards (ARE YOU ON MY LIST? I'D LOVE TO SEND YOU ONE BUT YOU HAVE TO MESSAGE ME WITH YOUR ADDRESS) and I'm into the next edit with my "Dragon" story (thank goodness for editors and the opportunity to look over a piece from a distance of time). I'm still walking at least four days a week on the treadmill (should really increase that to at least five days a week) and I'm losing weight which makes me happy. So...why aren't I turning joyful somersaults for my life? Good question.

The holidays are a tough time of the year for everyone, and one of those times which is famous for extreme depression. I'm trying to stay out of those ruts; I've walked them too many times in the past. But I also know that it's very easy to fall back into them. So, I'm focusing on my schedule and I'm focusing on smaller goals that can be achieved. Because when I do that, when I allow myself to have small accomplishments, I can keep the depression at bay and enjoy the smaller beauties of life.

The sunrises...

The flight of birds...

The love of others...(these two guys are just too
beautiful not to share)

These are my bulwarks against the insanity of the season. I hope they are of help to you as well.
I don't like this time of the year either. It is so cold and dark and apart from Carol services, I don't like Christmas.(though I did have a lovely time last year with friends). Hugs.

Edited at 2012-12-01 10:54 pm (UTC)
There's a lot that I do like about this time of year, Solstice is wonderful for instance. But it also reminds me of a lot of people that I miss a lot and things that I would love to do that I can't because I'm working, working, working.

I do love the twinkling lights, the wonder on a child's face when they first get a chance to meet Santa Claus, and the really special sense of joy that I've participated in on the few times I've attended midnight Xmas Eve services. The music of the winter celebrations is wonderful, and often people are just a bit nicer and that's always a joy to see. It is a hard time of year in a lot of respects, though. Thanks for the *hugs*, they are very appreciated.

- Erulisse (one L)