Photos (c)2018 Shannon G. Wamsley
From my family to yours, I wish you a very happy New Year
Today begins a new year. A year that my son will not get to see.
Another year without my parents. Another year of an irrational fear of death and dying.
Another year of panic attacks.
BUT…also…another year to live and to be alive.
I do hope 2018 treats me and everyone well.
Hold your loved ones close and let them know how much you love them….not just today, but every day! Tomorrow is never promised, so live life to the fullest.
To all Veterans….
Thank you for your service.
Thank you for your sacrifice.
Thank you for our freedom.
Thank you on this day and every day.
Blog 4 Peace Day is today! November 4th, 2017. Come Join Us!
This year’s theme is.: Finding Peace in Overwhelming Times.
For me, finding peace is a daily struggle. Some days are harder than others. It seems that the older I get the more emotional I become. I cry at least once a day The smallest things make me cry or depress me. I do my best to smile through it.
In my lifetime, i have lost my son, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and many friends. The hardest loss was the loss of my son. His death pushed me to the edge. Each day I find myself on the brink of “screw this”. And by that I mean, quitting my job, packing my dog and my bags, and going somewhere where no one can find me. Somewhere peaceful.
However, I do not there “some where peaceful” truly exists. It is up to me to make a peaceful place. So, each day, I find something to help me be at peace.
Knowing my daughter is happy and enjoying life, helps me find peace.
Hugging my dog, helps me find peace.
After a long day at work, coming home to see the wagging stubby tail of my dog and the smile on her face….her pure joy that I am home, helps me find peace.
A friend offering me a hug when she knows I am having a rough day, helps me find peace.
A friend I have never met in person, reaching out to me via text, Facebook or a phone call, helps me find peace.
Hanging out with family or friends to celebrate a special occasion or just barbecue, helps me find peace.
Basically, I have learned to greatly appreciate the small things in life. Because in this overwhelming times, the small things are what helps me find peace.