10 Ways to Counter a Scary Monday

I am having my morning cup of Joe, and the first headlines I read are:

  • Explosion at Iran Nuke Site
  • Ebola in Spain


So rather than crawl into a ball and hide under the kitchen table, I have decided to do these 10 positive things.

1. Help someone less fortunate than myself — drop off unwanted clothing at the Salvation Army or Our Lady of Divine Mercy refuge for battered Pacific Island men and women. Here is their story.

2. Go to the beach — Within half an hour of me, there are some stunningly beautiful beaches which, being way to busy, I forget to enjoy. Today I will go to one of them and drink in the peace.

Bethells Beach low res

3. At least 18,000 Aucklanders are still without power, including both sisters-in-law. (A fire knocked out a substation two days ago). I am going to name things that electricity have “given” me this morning to be grateful for: lights, alarm clock, hot shower, coffee, laptop, printer, heater, radio and telephone.

4. I shall eat a cookie for breakfast because, when in doubt, eat a cookie.

5. I will NOT listen to the scary radio news when I drive into town, nor will I watch the scary late news at 10.30pm.

6. I will re-read something lovely from this blog that inspires me.

Susan-for-blog low res


7. I will sing this simple, comforting childhood Bible School song to myself as I drive to work, and no one will know but me. (And I will watch this lovely video of it before I go.)

Jesus love me this I know.

For the Bible tells me so.

Little ones to Him belong.

They are weak but He is strong.

Yes, Jesus loves me.

Yes, Jesus loves me.

Yes Jesus loves me.

The Bible tells me so.

8. I will look at this photo again and again because it’s just so cool, especially if you are a somewhat dated Norman High Tiger.

Tiger Eyes


9. I will let the Crack Puppy kiss me right on the lips for as long as she wants to, or until my lips lick off, whichever come first.

Ling close up

10. I will pray the Serenity Prayer because when the day starts with nuclear explosions and ebola, duh:

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change

Courage to change the things I can,

And wisdom to know the difference.

Then I shall snuggle with the impossibly cute Crack Puppy one more time and go to work, feeling way better.



One Response to “10 Ways to Counter a Scary Monday”

  1. Lillian L.. says:

    How was the beach?
    Sorry about losing your lips, as I KNOW about Crack Puppy licks.

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