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Douglas, Alaska, United States
I have lived in Alaska since 1978, having come to Juneau as a Jesuit Volunteer. I fell in love with Alaska and now live on Douglas Island with my husband and two dogs.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

The Doldrums

I'm in the doldrums. No, I'm not on a boat, stranded in a windless sea, I'm just feeling blah.

I think Christmas was so much fun that the aftermath is too quiet. I have been doing a lot of reading and watching movies and (God help me) daytime TV (although just a little of Kathie Lee Gifford is a little too much). I've also been napping a lot.

It could be because of the bad news around the world, especially the violence in Tucson. I have been trying to just pray about it, but it is hard to do. There are other things in the world to be sad or angry or anxious about too. It's hard to not become overwhelmed.

So, in the "better to light a candle than curse the darkness" realm, I have decided to do the following:

1. Take a walk every day, even if it's just around the block.
2. Make sure I take what my mother used to refer to as "death control" pills (just my regular prescribed meds - I always forget!)
3. Drink more water (I have no where to go but up in this regard).
4. Hang up my clothes instead of leaving them on the floor like the shed skin of a snake.
5. Eat a salad every day.
6. Set aside time to sit quietly and reflect on how blessed I am, and to be grateful.

The other day, I heard a great quote: "The conversion of the world begins with me."

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