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Simmering Summer

August 23rd, 2011 by judytalks

It’s still super hot here in Arizona and we have another month or more of triple digit weather. Though I try to find ways to escape the scorching sun, it reminds me that I always loved summer. As a kid growing up in the Midwest (Wisconsin), sunshine couldn’t come too soon. It meant no school for three whole months, lazy days, vacation with family, and endless hours to goof off.

Although I always had a summer job, I never felt any pressure to get things done. Time moved slowly, schedules were kept to a minimum, and I could just go with the flow most days.

Whatever happened to that luxurious sense of easy living in warm weather? Just going on vacation for a few weeks takes endless preparation and an urgency to fill every day with meaningful activities.

I’ve accomplished a lot this summer, things that needed to be done. Lifestyle changes, focused projects for my writing, and some important business goals. I feel I’ve jumped a hurdle and landed on both feet, but somehow I forgot to lie in the grass and watch the big, puffy clouds of summer move across the sky.

I think summer was invented to give us respite from the endless tasks we perform and the rigid schedules that have to be met most of the year.

All too soon, cool breezes will brush across the landscape and there will be a chill in the air. I’ll be able to sit on my screen room in the morning, sipping coffee and watching fall put in its appearance. Meanwhile, I’m going to hold on to the last rays of blazing heat and remember going barefoot for three whole months.

Have some dream time,

Who Moved My Money?

August 11th, 2011 by judytalks

Have you planted your vegetable garden yet? Cancelled everything you don’t absolutely need? How are you coping with this roller coaster economy?

The subjects I write about are grief, loss, and recovery, but my focus is usually loss of a loved one, not financial disaster. Our money resources represent hard work, diligence in spending/saving, and security for the future. How dare someone take that away?

I realize this situation didn’t happen overnight. Nevertheless, it leaves me fearful, angry, and shaking my head.

What’s the best way to mourn the loss of a secure future? All loss has to be acknowledged, thought out in terms of exactly what is gone, and managed day by day as healing takes place. Putting things in place to alleviate fear is sensible and workable. Putting things in perspective is also good for a balanced view.

Most of us, myself included, have had money worries before and we’ll have them again. Coping with any loss takes action, courage, and, at best, support from others. Now’s the time to reach out to others and see who’s reaching out to you. I plan to re-establish a secure financial future for myself. I may even grow vegetables.

Happy digging,

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