#JournalinginJuly has certainly made me think as I read the daily prompts. When I was writing the prompts for the month, I knew that some needed to be more probing and serious because life isn’t always rainbows and unicorns. I asked my close blogging friend and also my partner in #JournalinginJuly. Debbie Harris to select a prompt and write a post for me.
Deb is such a ray of sunshine in my life and I just love reading her blog Deb’s World. However, what I love about Deb is her ability to reflect and accept the not-so-good things that happen in her life, yet still remain positive. Deb has chosen to write from the prompt ‘What I don’t want in my life’ and shares 5 things with us today. Be sure to connect with Deb through her links at the end of her post as you won’t be disappointed.
Thanks for having me as a guest Sue! It’s always great to be with you and your lovely readers
What I don’t want in my life – prompt for Day #24
Five things I don’t want in my life
My mother always told me if you can’t say anything nice, then don’t say anything at all. I wish more people had this mantra in their lives because there are so many unnecessary and mean things written these days. In comments on Facebook, in response to news stories and in general conversation. I understand everyone has a right to their opinion but why waste all that effort by being mean and nasty??
2. Toxic people
I’m lucky that these days I have a distinct lack of toxic people in my life. When I was working, they were everywhere. You know the type of people who love to bring others down, make derogatory comments, spread gossip and rumours, demean others for no real reason, have an arrogant and overbearing nature – anytime I get these uncomfortable feelings when talking to people these days, I immediately back away! Not good for anyone’s mental health.
3. Being overwhelmed
Feelings of being overwhelmed can be debilitating, although pressure is sometimes good. It’s when the pressure builds up and takes over that it gets hard and I know it’s time for a break. I’m learning to listen to my body.
4. Fake/plastic people
When I worked in the gaol system there was a term called ‘Plastic gangsters’ which referred to inmates who thought they were ‘real’ criminals but in fact were just pretenders. Well this relates to many people out there these days. We’re all special and have our own uniqueness, so why pretend to be something you’re not? I just don’t get it sometimes.
5. A world without smiles and laughter
The world needs laughter and we all need to laugh more. It’s good for our mental health, it’s good for our bodies and it’s a happy sound. I challenge you to not smile in response to seeing babies laughing or smiling, they are irresistible. In my opinion we all need to lighten up and learn to laugh at ourselves and with others. The chemical reactions in the brain have a positive effect on us and can help us out no end. I love hearing of doctors using humour to help patients in hospitals, of the importance of connecting with our inner child and seeing the fun in things. I’m not saying there aren’t times when we need to be serious, but we can all use more laughter in our lives. Life is hard enough!
Smile and the world smiles with you.
Debbie is an award winning Australian midlife, travel, adventure and lifestyle blogger who has a smile named after her – the ‘Debbie Smile’.
A young retiree, after being made redundant from her 22 year career of managing educational programs for inmates in a men’s correctional centre, she thought she’d have loads more time for reading, cycling, blogging and travelling, but she’s discovering that life is busier than ever! Whether it’s book club, movie club, volunteering with Rotary and Rotary Youth Exchange programs or simply catching up with friends, life is never dull when Debbie is around!