19 December 2014

Musing on a Friday: Hanging On

Hanging On, digital photo, Maywyn Studio

The last few snowfalls have left the white stuff clinging to trees and branches longer than usual. When the air temperatures rise, pieces of icy snow fall like candy on the sidewalk. This piece of ice snow at the very tip of a branch is way out there all alone against a vibrant blue sky (edited it was so bright). 
Balance. Courage. Letting go when the letting is good.
The past few weeks here have been heavy with depression. Moving is my best way to fight the couch all day blues. Getting up to walk across the room for hand lotion when the bottle could be right here on my desk is movement, helps.  Blogging helps.
Then there's the trick of leaving things out to get in my way because eventually, the guilt wears me down to get it done. (A moment of silence here for things that slid under something.)  Having many things around to do can ease  away depression bit by bit. But, it takes work, work that sometimes is very uncomfortable. Feeling overwhelmed? Walking outdoors for exercise is good. I remember many years ago walking home from work loving the winter months when it was dark early because it means people won't see me crying.
Creating the incentive to move, place the body and mind in a positive place is healthy even when it means fooling myself into getting there.
For all of you out there knowing the dreads of depression, you are certainly not alone.
Bah to the humbug...Happy Holidays is better.

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  1. I agree...Bah to the humbugs....Merry Christmas and may your New Year be happy and bright.♥

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    1. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to You & Y ours, Dee!

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  2. Sending you a big hug Maywyn and taking one back. I know honey! love,Diana

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    1. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to You & Yours Diana!

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  3. Dear Maywyn - I so understand - I am sending you lots of hugs friend. You will make it friend - you are not alone!

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    1. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to You & Yours, Debbie!
      Weather forecasting Sun for a few days. Yay! lol

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  4. Oh, Maywyn, your post tugs at the heart of all of us. This is a tough time of year, with so little sunshine. Do you have one of those indoor lamps that creates the same affect on the body as real sunshine? I can't remember what they're called. I hope you find some joyful moments during the coming days. Taking a picture of this little drop of icy snow on the tip of the branch means that you are so very aware of all the beautiful, precious things in the world. If you just find and celebrate one such thing every day... you will know that you are among kindred spirits in the world. The photo is fantastic, and what you wrote, "Balance. Courage. Letting go when the letting is good." That is SO good!!!!! wow!

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    1. Hello Katherine,
      Your recent blog post cheered me up a lot. Your art is as good as a sun lamp (not sure if that's the name of them).
      Thank you for the kind words. I believe God has a way of placing things before us that make us stop and notice how connected we are to the world.
      Happy Holidays!

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  5. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas, and a bright and beautiful New Year, May!

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    1. Hi Lisa,
      A very Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to Your & Yours!

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  6. Maywyn, yes I know the miseries of depression, and from time to time it comes on.. I have to fight it and usually I do... When I'm like that I can't paint as I don't want to do much.. take heart my friend .. you are NOT alone, but it takes work...
    oh, about my hair? Answer : Perm no, color yes. ! LOL !
    Merry Christmas, and hoping the best for the New Year ...
    BJ

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    1. Hi Barbra,
      Your hair highlights are excellent. Bravo!
      Not having the energy to paint is a real problem. I read about artists that paint no matter what, something, anything. I tried that and ended up wasting paint. I think if I put effort into a sketchbook, it might help.
      Have a great week!

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  7. Maywyn, I 'm more of an anxious person than a depressed one, however, I have a brother who suffers with depression. It seems that when he is busy with an artistic endeavor, he does much better emotionally. I once gave him a book entitled, "Happiness is a Choice", and I think it helped as well. I have no answers. I do wish you the very best and pray that your depression will subside more and more each day, that is my Christmas wish for you! Jeri

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    1. Hello Jeri,
      Thank you for the title. I'll check out the book.
      Moving here lately has been better than usual. My arm muscle are sore. :)
      Have a wonderful holiday!

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  8. You have my sympathy about the depression. You're taking the right attitude. And at least now the year has turned and Spring is on the way instead of receding. I love your beautiful snowy trees in the background of the blog. I hope you have a peaceful Christmas and that you get the sketchbook going.

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    1. Hello Jenny,
      Thank you. I love the turn of the season. More light each day is like magical spring dusting the air. The background tree is the one I've chosen to paint inspired by Van Gogh's Yew tree. Its on my January to Paint List.
      A Wonderful and Peaceful Holiday to You!

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  9. You take lovely photographs. The maple leaf in the ice was great. Getting out for a walk and taking the camera makes you really notice the little things and changes during the seasons.
    As you know I go walking, it keeps me inspired as I see so many things to draw and gets my mind thinking. I also like to write down "moments", keep a record of unexpected things I experienced on my walks.
    I do hope you start feeling better soon, sending best wishes to you for Christmas and 2015.x

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    1. Hello Milly,
      Your nature drawings are outstanding, common plants look like rare specimens. I wish you Peace, Good Health & Happiness. Happy Holidays.
      Thank you. I do feel better. As the New Year nears, there's the excitement of fresh dreams for a better future.

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    2. Yes I agree. Somehow the thought of a New Year can give us a whole new focus on the future, draw a line under the past. Fresh dreams for a better future....a lovely way to put it.
      All the things you wished for me, I hope they come to you.x

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