Meandering around the Monterey County Fair back in the 1990s, on a whim and with much prodding from my hubby, I entered an arm wrestling contest. I’m still surprised I did it, but even more surprised that I took home one of those tall trophies! That’s the gal I beat (on your left), she was really nice and we had a lot of fun up there. The next one put me down rather quickly, and that was the end of my arm wrestling career.
I fell in love with this crafty poster, so I added it to the que of our Craft Discoveries blog. Last night my daughter surprised me with the real deal…gah! Thank you, Titancia! It’s pretty dang awesome seeing something on-line that comes from the imagination of a crafter and then holding it in my hands.
Letting go of the things that are weighing us down is key to recovering one's joy. I’ve been working on getting through a certain sadness for almost a year now and I believe I have made a breakthrough.
I’ve mentioned before that my daughters and I were in a pretty horrific accident. It was a year ago today, but it sometimes seems like yesterday, or even a moment ago. Reliving that man’s suicide when he walked in front of our car (while I was driving almost 65 mph, in the dark, on a major highway) is a difficult thing to NOT do, but I realized I have been making it worse by carrying around a constant reminder of it.
The other night I was cleaning out my big ol’ purse, and there they were, the photos of my car we took at the junk yard, wrapped in a copy of the police report. I’ve been lugging those things around for a year, everywhere I went. I rarely looked at them, but still, there they were, like the proverbial monkey on my back and I didn’t even realize it! *slaps forehead* I made the conscious decision right then and there, even announced to my daughters that it’s time I put them away, let it go now. So although my daughters and I are trying to move past the tragedy, we will never forget that night. Another person's choice to die will forever be a part of our lives, but we can't let it ruin it.
If you or anyone you know is having suicidal thoughts, please, seek help, 1-800-SUICIDE, that's 1-800-784-2433. Killing yourself may end your pain, but it only creates more for those left behind.
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