A New Low… And What To Do About It.

This is the day of the year that we are supposed to reflect on the year just past and look to what we want to accomplish in the new year starting tomorrow. That is what this post is all about.

It seems that every day that passes now results in the Oval Office integrity sinking into the gutter further and further. Someone has actually taken the time to document that its current occupant has lied over 15,000 times in the last two years. I don’t think I can be exposed to his dishonesty much longer. As my fellow blogger John Pavlovitz said

2018 has been a long decade!

Maybe it is time to just ignore everything that is happening in politics and particularly inside the beltway? I am 72+ years old and if my genes prove true I have about five more years on this earth. Do I spent much of that time lamenting the ugliness of our times or do I fold into myself in a more reflective mode and just appreciate every day I have left?

Plainly speaking “I am sick and tired of being sick and tired!”

I know I said I was going to stay optimistic in spite of these times but the fatigue factor is just too great. Things need to change for me. That is what I have been contemplating these last few days of 2018.

On another note, I have spent probably hundreds of hours on my photo portfolios putting them online only to see less than one view per day. I have come to the realization that no one is really interested in old people’s pictures or the stories around them. Do I shut that down and try to find something more satisfying to pass the hours previously dedicated to them? That is what I am studying on.

I know much of this talk here is due to depression creeping into my life once again. That seems to naturally happen in the winter months but it is more severe now than usual. I don’t want RJsCorner to become all about gloom. These are the questions I will be trying to answer for myself in the days ahead. If you have any suggestions I would be happy to hear them.

8 thoughts on “A New Low… And What To Do About It.

  • I always thought we elected Politicians so that the very worst people would all end up in the same place. All about the serenity prayer for me. The less I hear about it the happier I get.

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    • Oh Tim, I think there are a lot of well-meaning people representing us. Most probably want to look out for us but the leadership just won’t allow it. They have been fighting each other for so long there is way too much baggage. If we could only change that via term limits I think much good could happen. But getting the leaders to allow a vote that will end their power is what is almost impossible. It will likely require a constitutional amendment.

      Yeah I know the serenity prayer and try to say it on a regular basis.

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  • I say just appreciate every day of life. Take a news vacation – no tv , newspapers etc. Take a long walk and enjoy nature. If you are severely depressed get professional help. I do yoga and meditate. Maybe something like that will help you. Wishing you more laugher, peace, joy and good health in the new year.

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  • RJ-
    I have more or less just stopped with the policial news here in the US. Just makes it easier to cope. Trump does not bother me as much as the fact that 33% of the country still thins he’s doing a good job. Which just makes me depressed for the future.

    I’m hoping the Dems can put forth a candidate with a positive message (vs let’s get rid of Trump) that we can rally around. A message away from the identity politics and more toward making the country work for all of us in the fairly wide center of the political spectrum.

    Let’s quit talking about abortion and ss-marriage, which are not the real issues, and get the country moving to rebuild the largest middle class we can. It’s the economy and good jobs for as many people as we can that will be the best message.

    I thought this was a very insightful article (link below), although I wish he had better defined “our way of life” as this I think is part of the problem. We don’t know what that means in a nation-wide sense. I wish we could get the candidates working on this as a platform.

    https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2019/01/yes-america-can-still-lead-the-world/576427/

    Also if you get depressed in the winter, as Indiana has lots of no sun this time of year, it might be SAD and a special light that mimics daylight might help.

    On the photos- I guess I’m not sure where they are so maybe a bit of promotion, at the bottom of the email postings? or in your artsy Saturday, would help. I was thinking some of your photos were pretty cool.

    Bob

    JR-
    on a side note, I wish you could set up your email posting such that the entire post can be read in the email vs having to click on a link to the web page. It would just be easier for me not to have to open the web to read it. Can that be done?

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    • Bob, thanks for the link. I will check it out. I am limiting my political posts to one day a week now and that is helping. I always joke with my wife that I probably have SAD but maybe I should check that out. Thanks.

      Up until recently, I had some links to my photo sites on the right side of each post. I took them off so it would force me to find other ways to get the sites in front of people. I know those who link via email don’t see them and if they use Feedly like I do they don’t see them either. Feedly is a great tool that you might consider using in place of email. I will check out on your issue with the email posts.

      Thanks for the thoughts….

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  • There are so many factors at play for people this time of year: the holidays, less sunshine, and wow, the headlines should send us all spiraling downward. This is where small joys have to matter: a warm pair of socks, a good hot drink, a familiar book. As for sharing stuff online and the blogging, it’s just a hit and miss sort of deal. The trick is to find the joy in just doing it, regardless of the response. And I say this as a depressive myself. The little things are what keep me afloat. Best wishes in health and spirit for the new year!

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    • Michelle, first of all, let me tell you I love your blog posts. You are on my morning Feedly list.

      My wife and I are pretty isolated here with no family of any kind nearby so we don’t do anything for the holidays except put up a tree. We are elder orphans with no children as we got married later in life.

      I do primarily blog for myself but it is nice to hear some encouraging words now and then and to see some robust view counts. I know that is vanity but don’t we all have a dose of that? (ha).

      Thanks for the wishes and may you also have a happy new year.

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