Another reason to stay alive

After six years of #OneGoodThing daily, I considered stopping. This last year has been a real struggle—one I don’t always feel up to continuing.

The isolation of caregiving and chronic illness meant that the first year of the pandemic was challenging, but I felt somehow particularly prepared for it. However, depression hit me hard when the extreme isolation and lack of in-person support dragged on into a second year.

Writing a blog about something good each day while struggling to make it through each day felt turbulent. At times it was like a slap in the face or a cruel joke, while other days it seemed the only thing keeping us going.

My therapist recently asked if I planned on continuing #OneGoodThing daily this year. Both my gut and careful consideration tell me this isn’t a good time—in my life or in the world—to stop this daily practice. Though it has been difficult, it has also been meaningful. I hope that someone out there reads this and chooses to keep going with their lives too.

So even though we were cold and tired and didn’t feel like it, Mama and I and our two little dogs, Paisley and Benny, trekked out for a short neighborhood walk this afternoon. We saw a gorgeous sunset and admired these beautiful flowers along the way. We couldn’t identify the bright pink bloom, but we’ve always loved purple irises.

Today’s #OneGoodThing with Mama was making it happen! We hope you enjoy the view! What was your #OneGoodThing today? Please share in the comments! And remember, kindness is everything!

Day 1 of 365. And Now Totaling 2,193 Days In A Row. Here’s the first 366 and the following 365, as well as year three, year four, and year five, and year six of #OneGoodThing Daily!

On this day…

312 replies

  1. You’re right, 2021 seemed harder than 2020. maybe we had hope that it would become easier to cope with this virus, but it got harder. Add into it the challenges you and Jude face, and I know many of us just wouldn’t make the grade.

    I admire both of you very much, and (don’t tell Minx the cat) I think your dogs are very adorable. ❤

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    • Thank you for your support, Yvonne!!! I think you’d get the award for the Top Commenter and I so appreciate it! Your comments and love keep me going! Paisley and Benny send their love too 💜🐾🐾💜


  2. I would echo Yvonne’s words. Do keep going. I read your piece almost every day — I mean at least 95% of the days. I rarely comment here, though I should.

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  3. In the very early 1960s, I dated a fellow whose favorite expression way, “Life is nothing but a shit sandwich and we take a bite every day.” He proposed marriage and I said NO! One of the smartest decisions I have ever made. Who needs such negativity in their world?

    Staying positive and productive and proactive makes us all more fun to be around.

    Sending the best wishes for a “happier” New Year to you and Jude!

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