13 comments


  • Martha Moesker

    The important thing: you triumphed.

    December 14, 2017
  • Melanie

    This is a piece of writing I will return to again and again.

    Thank you.

    Namaste.

    December 14, 2017
  • Thanks for sharing so much of yourself and giving others courage! You are right. Life is what you make of it. Lately I too have just plunged into creative things the best I could when my mind was all wrong and it does really help. Once in awhile I actually manage to get a decent poem or flash piece out of my efforts. I have days when my pets seem like extra work, but they DO give a lot back in return. The whole snuggly cuddle thing is great, as is listening to my cats snore in happy sleeps! Jack Kerouac was a big lover of cats and I am too!

    December 14, 2017
  • Jan Priddy

    Yes. Number 4. I think we both know about that one. Thank you. And, yes, art saves lives—I used to have that on my bumper, the one thing I will about that vehicle.

    December 14, 2017
  • Jeannine Gailey

    Martha – Thanks! I sort of feel like I triumphed the way Katniss triumphed at the end of the Hunger Games – maybe a few years in an institution, but married to a wonderful baker. LOL.

    December 14, 2017
  • Jeannine Gailey

    Thank you, Melanie.

    December 14, 2017
  • Jeannine Gailey

    Brian, Yes, I think our furry friends are worth it – every time they leave a mess, throw up on my books or jump in a keyboard, when they are snuggled next to me while I read or write I think – yep, totally worth it.

    December 14, 2017
  • Jeannine Gailey

    Jan, glad we got to share our time in art together for a bit!

    December 14, 2017
  • Thanks for sharing this list. Inspiring!

    One thing that helps me get through difficult times is thinking of a blessing—something that is going right in my life. It’s a practice I had to learn—it’s not a habit that comes naturally to me. But, with practice, I’m beginning to do it more often and it has helped me immeasurably.

    December 15, 2017
  • Penny Harter

    Thanks so much for this inspiring message, Jeannine! You are right to say life is not about being constantly happy….is often about suffering. Yet it is absolutely necessary that we celebrate each day, and treasure the blessings we do have! Bless you for sharing your “practice” with others in this way!

    December 15, 2017
  • Allison Green

    That’s a good list. We liked coloring with grandchildren, who are almost always living in the moment.

    December 15, 2017
  • Deborah K Hammond

    Somehow the small lights and joys become visible, sensory stimulating, happy moments and we get to be present in those moments. And that can be sustaining and soothing. We need to be able to experience those positives and I think it’s key that we look for them with the expectation that they exist. Like once you find a bit of beach glass in the sand you begin to see it more easily. I see you doing this a lot Jeannine. Nothing is more affirming than the payoffs of frequent little joys.

    December 16, 2017
  • A great list. The darker I feel the more I skew toward the dark comedies – a little extra boost from someone else’s comic misfortune, maybe. I keep Dr Horrible’s SingAlong Blog handy for such moments. And my favorite (no fooling) Christmas movie: We’re No Angels with Humphrey Bogart.

    December 16, 2017

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