A little bit more upbeat today. I'm finally feeling well enough in myself to start looking after my own happiness again. I was feeling so overwhelmed and under the weather that I was focused on just getting through. It was frustrating, because I do believe we have responsibility for our own happiness. It is easy to get mired down in whatever is wrong, but Thich Nhat Hahn explains the Buddhist view:
The seed of suffering in you may be strong, but don't wait until you have no more suffering to be happy.
I have noticed that people are dealing too much with the negative, with what is wrong. ... Why not try the other way, to look into the patient and see positive things, to just touch those things and make them bloom?
I promise myself that I will enjoy every minute of the day that is given me to live
So I have been resting, and eating well and drinking swamp water from my herbalist and doing yoga and pilates and little by little I am reclaiming my own happiness. And in that spirit, I welcome December, with a little help from Shimelle: