Perhaps I'll take a photo of the roses and put it in here so it's in front of me. And no, I'm not going to be tempted to put them in the vase anywhere near my computer. Even though they'd smell beautiful. I can just see where that'd lead :(
This photo didn't do anything for me at all ....
By stepping back a bit and tweaking a couple of dust collectors, it worked :)
Good, strong symbols of challenges overcome.
A small blue "Nessie" made by a cousin in Uig on the Isle of Skye: family difficulties faced squarely and courageously - yes that's encouraging.
A little bear from Berlin, doing a handstand - whimsical - fun. But also representing so much more - a country divided, reunited. Anguish and heartache. So much achieved, so much further to go - it can be done.
A small Asian figurine: Probably Japanese, but to me representing the courage of the Chinese populace struggling to achieve a greater level of transparency and democracy in their government. Huge challenges, chipping away, confronting massive obstacles, prepared to risk their own safety for the benefit of others.
The grasses: clifftop walks, (hay-fever free) - companionship and love.
Interesting how my mood is lightening.
And lastly because I got sidetracked when I was uploading the photos: The Young Endeavour, recently moored off our local beach.
Teenagers and young adults overcoming fears, and really pushing themselves beyond what they thought was possible. Laughing, happy and so proud when we got chatting to them and offered to take a group photo. The Bay, tranquil, clear, ozone rich. I breathe deeply just looking at the photo.
Hmmm. In my grumpy state, I'd overlooked the power of Mindfulness Meditation in its various guises.
It's a good reminder to just stop and be. Breathe calmly, slowly and deeply.
My physical symptoms are the same, but my mood is so different.
Sigh of contentment :)