Chicory Days

Earlier this week, mixed-state depression settled in like chicory coffee—black, thick, bitter—and I panicked a little over the mental discomfort.  Seems like I’ve lost all my stamina—physical and mental—and must remember to be gentle while I rebuild both.

Thrashing around last night, trying to find something to ease the cramped thoughts and emotional acid reflux, I remembered my Pinterest boards—particularly, the board I created for just this situation.  Braying Like a Donkey.  There are memes and videos that still make me guffaw, plus photos of celebrities and common folk laughing hard—lost urine and milk-squirting-out-the-nose hard.  While not everyone shares my sense of humor, I invite you to go look—just in case you need a pick-me-up.

Then, today at my regular Friday therapy session, I asked the staff to make marks in my art journal.  I knew they would, even though some consider themselves artistically challenged and prone to perfectionism (it felt sorta good to challenge them for a change).  I will take their marks (and the mangled flower one of them used as a paintbrush) and create something that that is ours.

I needed that.  I needed to engage with people who unreservedly adore me, who remember who I am when I forget, who ask nothing of me other than to be authentic.

This is stamina-building, finding new ways to beat back the darkness.

I did good today.

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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Val Boyko
    May 12, 2017 @ 21:39:34

    Love your instagram page Sandy. Thanks for the chuckle!! I’m keeping it handy.

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  2. David Kanigan
    May 13, 2017 @ 02:44:30

    You did!

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  3. Littlesundog
    May 13, 2017 @ 09:48:00

    When I saw the title I felt soothed… because I was thinking of the chicory plant with its beautiful blue flowers. The deer love the tender, new leaves you know. Funny the contrast of that and the bitter, dark, bold coffee. I think you did very well starting with black and dark to ending up on the blue flower side of chicory!

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