What’s Keeping You Sane?

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  1. Babylon’s Dread says:

    Can’t claim the premise – selling my house – giving away books – disconnecting from contacts – and a few other fairly risky endeavors just now – only A great and lasting love and being bound by the word and preaching. Nothing else has me even remotely able to claim sanity. A daily 4-5 mile walk and a prayer connection to Jesus tethers my soul but I am mostly despairing of this world.

  2. Jeff Sheckstein says:

    My dog, JoJo (a nine pound Malachi)

  3. Duane Arnold says:

    Not sure about sanity, but I’ve lost 26 pounds in the last three months. Daily walks of three miles listening to books (A Certain Idea of France: The Life of Charles de Gaulle by Hitchens and Seven Ages of Paris by Horne) and an hour of weight lifting every day watching documentaries. Other reading includes making my way through the Apostolic Fathers in the Greek (Thank you, Michael! The series made me do it!). With our midwest storms, I’ve had to make friends with the chainsaw… I guess it helps with sanity.

  4. Babylon's Dread says:

    That’s a good list Duane… I am impressed and intimidated.

  5. Duane Arnold says:

    BD

    It needed to happen! 😁

  6. Michael says:

    Duane,

    Now I feel bad…I’m hoping for the motivation to shower today. 🙂

    My reaction to despair of the world is to disconnect from it and I’m pretty disconnected mentally.
    I pay attention to Kate Bowler as she seems to speak my language.
    I’m reading some Anglican histories, trying to find some value in Wright’s book about the pandemic, and continuing to explore Eastern Christian theology.
    We’re restarting the podcast as soon as I figure the tech out sufficiently.
    My circle has shrunk as some folks have lost their minds and I don’t want them borrowing mine.
    I have cats…

  7. DavidM says:

    For me:
    Daily morning prayer with my wife of 44 years.
    An hour of exercise daily.
    Grandchildren nearby
    Sending financial aid to friends in Africa and Nepal and India, knowing they’re much worse off than me
    Planning for future ministry travels.

    I hate what is happening throughout the world and in our nation. But I can do my part, albeit small.

  8. Michael says:

    DavidM,

    Do you have insights that you can share on how the pandemic has affected the mission field?

  9. FavidM says:

    Michael, yes. Give me a little while. I’m at the orthopedic clinic with my wife. She broke her ankle on Monday!

  10. Xenia says:

    Well, I am working on an MA with an online school, so nothing’s changed there. I have a lot of reading to do and plenty of time in which to do it.

    I have a menagerie of small animals that I spend a lot of time working with: cleaning cages and aquariums, etc. I enjoy this a lot and I enjoy the companionship of these humble little creatures.

    Our family has a group chat set up, which is great.

    As for church, it’s closed for now. We hear from church folks pretty often. We are all withdrawing a bit. It will be hard to get the ol’ community feeling back on track, I fear.

    We had a great garden this year, with more potatoes, sweet corn, potatoes and string beans than we’ve ever produced before. I got a small greenhouse and it looks like a science fiction movie in there. The word is TENDRILS.

    I play a video game, The Lord of the Rings Online, which is mostly harmless. I try not to play it too much. This is when I listen to podcasts. Podcasts have been quite important over the past 5 months.

    We watch various parish services online. But we are weak in this area. For instance, today is the Feast of the Transfiguration and we completely forgot about watching a service. This goes to show that Orthodox Christian practice needs a community, not a computer screen. We will try to do better over here.

    My dog is becoming more neurotic than ever. Mr. Noodles the cat is as lugubrious as ever.

    So I’ve planted a lot of potatoes, read a lot of books, cleaned a lot of cages, knitted a lot of things, conjugated a lot of Old Norse verbs, watched a lot of church services, ordered way too much stuff from Amazon, etc. I have a lot of hobbies but sometimes I am too mopey to work on most of them.

    We have kept up our morning prayers. Weird, we have so much time, you’d think we’d redouble our efforts in this area. Mopiness is a real killer.

    That’s all, folks.

  11. DavidM says:

    That’s DavidM, not Favid!!

  12. Nancy Holmes says:

    I know I will come across as a low life–but so be it. I have to be very cautious in reading the Bible because years of fundamentalist indoctrination make it difficult at times to discern Truth.

    Murder mysteries have been a true godsend for me. I particularly like police procedurals because, by and large, I support law and order. Achieving justice is a challenging difficult task in these books, but very satisfying for me in a world that often seems mired in endless corruption and strife. The characters are well written and mirror many of the human struggles that we all suffer with. Never the less, they persist in the face of often discouraging odds and persevere to a hard won conclusion. Even tho the mention of God is scanty, still the larger themes of justice achieved help me view the scriptures with renewed encouragement. Somehow thru it all, the Lord is merciful to my muddling and continues to shed His grace on me. Even and especially in these confusing times…

  13. Michael says:

    Nancy,

    Not low life at all…and more edifying the binging Netflex, I imagine.

  14. Michael says:

    Xenia,

    “It will be hard to get the ol’ community feeling back on track, I fear.”

    I think we’re already seeing this in many places…

  15. Michael says:

    DavidM,

    Take your time…and we’ll pray for your wife!

  16. Bride of Christ says:

    We have started a vegetable garden here in Oceanside, California, which is keeping us busy and going to the grocery store much less! We have a large yard and have always loved gardening with ornamental plants, but we are learning about growing vegetables now. I have been trying new recipes such as roasted vegetable lasagna and all kinds of refrigerator pickles with our multitude of cucumbers. It has been rewarding and fun and we have had more enough to share with neighbors . I even started brussel sprouts plants from seed and the plants are 3 feet high now! They take four months before they start sprouting brussel sprouts. Our rainbow Swiss chard is growing in the shade and is pretty and just amazing to eat.
    My grandparents in Iowa had a small farm and I know they would be proud of our ” victory Garden”! Our two funny sweet cocker spaniels also keep us entertained. I thank God every day for our beautiful yard and garden and our cockers every day. FaceTime chats with all of our family at the same time always lifts our spirits, but it is hard to see my chubby, cute 7 – month-old grandson without wanting to cuddle him. He lives in Hawaii and I haven’t held him since March!

  17. Jean says:

    What’s Keeping You Sane?

    For me my sanity rests on four legs:

    1. My life is a the field of battle in which truth and untruth are at war. My only source of pure truth is the Bible and trustworthy theological resources. So I devote a couple hours a day on average to the truth (and attend church services) as a means of orienting myself to the truth. I almost always go to bed with Scripture on my mind; I’ve learned that if I don’t do that, I might bring anxiety, anger or fear to bed which is not a means to a good night’s sleep.

    2. I focus on my stations of worker, husband and father. In particular my work has brought me a lot more meaning and satisfaction during this pandemic, because I have a means and outlet to serve my neighbor with something I’m well trained for. Attending to my stations distracts me from the news and noise of the troubles in the world.

    3. I exercise for an hour a day to relieve stress and maintain my physical health.

    4. I watch a couple hours of Netlfix in the evenings as a diversion/escape from the trouble of the world.

  18. Michael says:

    Bride of Christ,

    I know many who are doing more gardening…it’s a great way to redeem the time.

  19. Michael says:

    Jean,

    It sounds like you have something of a routine down…and that can be helpful in itself.

  20. Jean says:

    Michael,

    Yes, I am. There are a few reasons for that, but one in particular that might resonate with you. As a dog owner (and lover) I discovered that dogs are very much creatures of habit and routine. They influence when it’s time to wake up, eat, etc. I imagine it’s that way with cats too?

  21. Michael says:

    Jean,

    Yes.

    Miss Kitty wants fed at promptly 5:00 AM.
    Smokey, at 6:00.
    The rest of the day is scheduled as well… 🙂

  22. Xenia says:

    Nancy, I LOVE police procedurals!

  23. Dan from Georgia says:

    One thing I am trying NOT to do is check the news frequently (as I did in the first few months of the pandemic)…you know as they say…”if it bleeds, it leads..”

    I got my bike out of storage (13+ years) and brought it to the local bike shop to have it fixed up so I can ride again…which I KNOW I will. Guaranteed.

    Starting to exercise more at home.

    Listening to some music I purchased in the last 10+ years that I never got around to listening to.

    Watching movies with my wife and two beagles. Ok, actually my wife, while the beagles engage in their favorite activity…lying around or watching us eat.

  24. EricL says:

    My coronavirus walk has had three phases so far. Phase One was busy and unhealthy as we were trying to empty out and sell my mother-in-law’s house Thank God it sold, but there were so many complications. My days were crazy with house cleanout, home-schooling two kids, and more. Forced to eat out a lot due to long hours prepping her place and so I gained weight in spite of all the extra exercise.

    Phase two started after the house sold and all my MIL’s extra stuff got jammed into my garage (couldn’t deliver the rest to her new residence because she went to lock-down). The craziness slowed (except homeschooling) and I went into a “blah” time of numbness. Spiritual disciplines dried up and work dried up. Life kind of shifted to auto-pilot.

    Phase 3 started in late June, after we took a short 3-day vacation to Solvang CA on the insistence of my wife. Just us and our two boys. That refreshed and helped to put things back into better perspective. Since then, spiritual disciplines of prayer and worship have rekindled, though Bible reading is still spotty. We’ve also worked at getting out more, going to parks and nature preserves where we can ditch the masks and enjoy the day. Enjoy the beauty of His creation!

    I know, not much in practical pointers, but we’ve endured a “life-roll” and shouldn’t feel guilty about all the disruptions. Just take care of yourself and, when you are able, rework your goals/priorities/ schedule to fit to the new circumstances and press on.

  25. bob1 says:

    This may sound maudlin and dramatic…but love keeps me sane. The love of God, of my wife, and my kids.

    i try to avoid the daily election “horse race.” That mainly benefits the various media. I’m actually a bit of a policy wonk and there’s very little of that in the media. Mostly optics.

    I have adult ADHD so this pandemic has been a bit rough at times, that way.

    We’re watching a lot of “old TV,” like Dick VanDyke, Seinfeld, etc. They bring a lot of joy and laughter.

  26. Mike E. says:

    As someone whose sanity has been suspect for nearly 30 years, I can share what is keeping me as healthy as I can be.
    By the way Michael, this is a very creative idea for a post. Your creativity is still intact my friend. 😎

    1. Praying the daily office. This is something that has become very valuable to me in my walk with Messiah. For years, my PTSD and anxiety was so bad that I literally could not pray. That is, I could not slow down my thoughts enough to be coherent in a conversation with God. Michael and Duane introduced me to the daily office. God has used it to restore my prayer life. I am so thankful.

    2. Technology. Sometimes we decry the technology we all have come to experience on a daily basis. While there is much evil in it, God’s people have used the tools of technology to make available so very much good Christian teaching, Bible study tools, books and a lot of it is free! Michael, you described difficulty reading and concentrating. I’ve struggled with that for years. Now I use audiobooks and e-books and I use the computer to read them to me if they are not on Audible. Not to mention that because of my PTSD I’ve actually been social distancing for 30 years. LOL. So the ability to reach out electronically to other people has blessed me greatly. I try to use my social media to throw out seeds. Seeds of love, encouragement, and prayer. I’ve made new friends from all over the world. I am so thankful.
    3. My mental health medication. The common grace God has provided to us humans by providing medication that actually helps our infirmities and eases our pains is another example of something that is helping. So overall, very thankful. ❤️😎

  27. Captain Kevin says:

    Sanity? I’ve got nothing. My gym is closed. Too hot here in Phoenix to go for walks or garden. Morning lows around 90. No pets or even space for one. No TV. I’ve lost 22 lbs, but mostly because my stomach is in knots much of the time. I do watch some worship services and pray a little. Not very motivated for anything, to be honest. Seems as though this captain’s ship is stuck on a sandbar.

  28. DavidM says:

    Michael, my perspective on how the COVID has affected the mission field is limited. I read about how many larger missions organizations are seeing a drop-off in donations, but anyone can read about that. My own non-profit has actually seen an increase in donations. Last week I had lunch with a missionary coupe from Africa who are in the states for a while. Their rather large sending organization has not seen a significant decrease in funding. But what I do find is that many of the people and groups with whom I work abroad are having a horrible time with huger, loss of income, and lack of financial support. Because I am unable to go, I am able to use the funds I would normally spend on the field to provide relief efforts to some of those groups. The needs are endless but I have found that even a little reminds people that they are not forgotten.

  29. Mike E. says:

    Captain Kevin. Sounds like you could be a little depressed. People’s mental health has really been taking a beating during the pandemic. And a lot of folks were already struggling so yeah…lots of hurting units out there for sure.

  30. Jim says:

    Congrats Duane!

  31. Jim says:

    My wife is the primary stabilizing factor in my life.

    It’s probably my need to be hyper productive that keeps the crazy away. My digital media company is doing well after 12 years, I have a 56-60 hr a week, very taxing job, and while on staycation in May, I decided to launch a Condo/HOA management firm. At my age, nothing I do is about money, it’s about work as a reward for work, which leads to opportunity for more work.

    Did I mention work?

    Work makes me happy (and sane, allegedly), but God, my wife, my kids, and my grandkids (!) bring me joy. And my Golden Retriever. And… I’ll stop now.

  32. Duane Arnold says:

    Jim

    Many thanks, it was a slog… but my knees thank me!

  33. CM says:

    An observation:

    For those folks upping their gardening or starting it and who like to binge watch TV, one can dust off that old PBS show”The Victory Garden” if it is available. Of course, Victory Gardens were popular during WWII, as millions of Americans everywhere grew their own vegetables as part of the war effort. Maybe they will come back.

    I try to walk a good 2-3 miles every day. Watch mostly retro TV shows to relax. Since I have worked from home since November, this telecommuting thing is old hat. Haven’t worn pants in months. 😀

  34. Captain Kevin says:

    CM,
    “Haven’t worn pants in months.” Thanks for the chuckle. I needed that.

  35. Captain Kevin says:

    Mike E. You’re right about the depression. I was already heading in that direction before the pandemic. Part of it is natural/health related, but a lot stems from my own poor decisions (read that as sin).

  36. jtk says:

    Some outdoor walks, occasional weights, swimming with my young daughter, and oddly enough, a book about war—details of the generals, character of the nations, and the principle of warfare discussed. This book is sufficiently different enough from my usual it has been refreshing, especially when tied into the historical truths of “Hamilton.”.

    It really is that good. to me.

  37. JoelG says:

    I don’t think I was sane to being with. But…

    -Avoiding news

    -Humor – Binge watching Seinfeld right now

    -Riding bike to work

    -Reading books

    -Yard work

    -Avoiding news

  38. Dan from Georgia says:

    JoelG…

    Try avoiding the news.

    Hehe.

    Seriously though…that’s a biggie for me too!

  39. JoelG says:

    Dan, right?? Ignorance is bliss… and sometimes that’s okay. God knows we have enough to deal with in our own small worlds. I don’t think we were ever meant to take in the loads of bad news from around the world that are available to us now 24/7.

  40. Dan from Georgia says:

    Yep! That’s me!

    So true JoelG! I worked at a TV station in MN for a short time…”if it bleeds, it leads”

  41. Jim says:

    jtk, what’s the book?

  42. Dan from Georgia says:

    jtk/Jim…Count me curious as well

  43. Dan from Georgia says:

    JoelG…I have heard from more than a few people on the need to disengage from news coverage to maintain sanity. I am the kind of person who wants to know what is going on. When I used to watch TV, the (mainly local) news was something I frequently watched. Beginning to see more and more how my attitude is affected by the news.

  44. JoelG says:

    It’s good to hear that you’re noticing a change, Dan. I think it’s a good choice for our mental health. My anxiety level has decreased after disengaging from social media, as well. I haven’t quite broken free of Christian blogs yet, though. 🙂

  45. Jim says:

    I can’t watch the news. Living in coastal east central Florida, I do keep my eye on the weather. My FB feed is probably down to 5 people max. I’m blocking my brother until after the election. Ignorance is healthy for us powerless sheep.

  46. Michael says:

    I just don’t understand how people can stay so engaged in conflict for so long.

    I feel like I’m being battered all day long and I don’t ever turn on TV news.

    I’m really praying about taking this forum in an entirely different direction…this stuff is affecting my health and I don’t have much left to be affected…

  47. Dan from Georgia says:

    I find political comments just tiring and it almost makes my body feel sick and exhausted. Main reason why I don’t make political comments is because it NEVER STOPS. You have to keep track of who you are fighting with and it takes up way too much precious time. Plus NO ONE wins these online fights.

    I just wish you could meet a stranger, find out they are a fellow believer, and NOT have politics creep into the fellowship. Please, just once!

    Jim, I keep my eye on the weather too, for both personal and professional reasons!

  48. Michael says:

    It all makes me hopeless and tired…the future looks bleak and dangerous.

    Not a healthy way to think…

  49. JoelG says:

    Jim, Michael, Dan,

    Agree with you all. I hate the resentment that grows within me when it comes to politics / faith. It’s been that way since 2016. When I avoid the news and FB I find I can try to love people as people, not walking political opinions. Politics has crept into my favorite blogs (in the comments here and IMonk) and it tires me out too. I don’t know how it can be avoided because some folks I used to serve with have tied their faith to politics. This being the case, I’m not sure how you avoid politics. Anyhoo I hope you take some breaks Michael for your health.

  50. Mike E says:

    Me too! Every time I get out of the argument, focused back on Messiah, I feel like Michael Corleone in The Godfather III: https://youtu.be/UPw-3e_pzqU

  51. jtk says:

    Sorry for the delay

    “How Wars Are Won” by Bevin Alexander

  52. I don’t like Harris at all. Yet today one of my high school classmates posted a stupid meme on FB showing her with two Indian people claiming those were her parents, not black. I pointed out that those weren’t her parents and that the husband in the pic was obviously was Indian, not Jamaican. Crickets…. can’t we do better? Apparently not. I’ll further refrain from commenting, just as I do for my son’s 4th grade teacher who approved of the riots And destruction “that’s what insurance is for.” I wish I hadn’t friended her on FB, but I respect her zeal.

    I’m going back to posting pics of my kids’ activities and our new Babypuppy, no politics.

  53. Just Josh says:

    I am far from sane. Irrevocably broken.

  54. Dan from Georgia says:

    I am at the point that I won’t talk politics anymore, even/especially with those I agree with. Won’t do it also with those whom I don’t see eye-to-eye.

  55. Mike E. says:

    Just Josh: Broken, yes. Irrevocably broken? No. For you are one who has believed on The Messiah who cares for the broken and the cast down. HE will revive you by the power of His Holy Spirit, in due time. Don’t despair brother. You’re His!

  56. Mike E. says:

    From the Daily Office prayer: “and we pray that we, following his example, may make no peace with oppression; through Jesus Christ the just one: who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.”

  57. Just Josh says:

    You are right Mike E., and thank you.

    It doesn’t feel line it at all right now.

  58. Mike E says:

    Just Josh..I know it doesn’t. It feels crappy and crazy and scary. Are you on Facebook? If so, we could chat on Messenger. Or you can email me troutdad2002@yahoo.com. I’ve been dealing with depression and Ptsd for a long time and I try my best to listen and not judge. An open invitation, and if not, please know that’s ok too. Just want you to know someone to talk to is available if you wish. 😎❤️

  59. Just Josh says:

    Thanks Mike. You are very kind. I may take you up the facebook chat.

  60. Jim says:

    “I’m really praying about taking this forum in an entirely different direction”

    Yes!

    It’s actually a selfish desire on my part, as I’ve shown here in the last week how easily I let myself get sucked in to conversations about topics that I like to think I’m disinterested in. It’s good that I realised I still have too much “fake it till you make it” in me, but painful.

    So please, let’s just stop.

  61. Dan from Georgia says:

    I agree with Jim’s post above!

  62. Michael says:

    The question is how do we avoid it?
    Faith and politics have become one mutant strain…and I’m at a loss as to how to deal with it.

  63. Jim says:

    Your house/your rules. “Friends, let take a political discussion fast for X months.”

    i don’t need to make a case, but…

    It’s unhealthy. No one changes their mind. Nothing we do or say will change the ruling class. We have a King and a Kingdom, which is unchanged by which country we live in or who runs it.

    Personally, I’d like to know more about those who post (and just read) here. This thread was helpful in that regard. I find people’s stories fascinating, and my heart draws closer to them when I hear their story.

  64. Jim says:

    …because, it’s only going to get worse leading up to and after the election. I need a refuge, and I’ll bet I’m not alone.

  65. Michael says:

    Jim,

    I hear you.
    Do we have an obligation to speak to these things or can we go completely counter culture and just speak of the kingdom?

  66. EricL says:

    I have been called horrible things on FB and even in the comments at this site. Most didn’t do it directly “to my face”; they took the coward’s approach and defame large swaths of humanity instead. I’ve been defamed for my faith, my political registration, my voting history, my obedience of government edicts, my race, my support for other races, and the list goes on. I tire of it.

    I grieve for the brethren who have been sucked into these various agendas and have no qualms attacking their fellow Christians, thinking they are doing “God’s work” when they make false claims and terrible accusations of people they have never even met, let alone gotten to know.

    I would love to see this site go “politics-free” for the rest of 2020, but I also realize it would be much harder to find suggested links for the Linkathon posts- it seems that politics is soaking so much these days.

  67. Michael says:

    EricL,

    Which is why I didn’t even bother with Linkathon this week…

  68. Jim says:

    Paul didn’t seem to have a lot to say about Nero.

  69. Michael says:

    I’m leaning hard…just trying to decide what is acceptable and what isn’t…

  70. Xenia says:

    Eric, find articles about good things happening among Christians: Soup kitchens, shelters, Saint’s stories, beautiful churches, great singing, glorious liturgies, encouraging sermons, godly old men, saintly old women.

  71. Xenia says:

    Stories about reconciliation, stories about forgiveness, stories about self-sacrifice.

    Stories about people suffering for the sake of Christ, stories about happy families, stories about churches in Africa, stories about generosity.

    Here’s one: Last year I went to my son’s mega-church in Michigan, expecting the worst. It was Mother’s Day. I looked with dread upon the worship team and it’s smoke machine but my cynical thoughts died still-born when I looked around at the hundreds of young Christians praising God with all their hearts. And then the pastor announced that the church usually gave away little presents for the moms on Mother’s Day but this year instead gave $10,000.00 to a shelter, on our behalf. No self praise; he quickly went on to the rest of the service, he just wanted to explain why there were no chocolate-covered strawberries for the moms this year.

    This is what is going on in the churches, folks. And unless we hear more about this kind of thing, we will come to the false conclusion that the church is dead.

  72. Michael says:

    Xenia,

    It’s really hard to find stuff like that…there’s little market for joy these days…

  73. Dan from Georgia says:

    Michael,

    Thanks for considering this. Treat it as a work in progress…no need to remove politics here in one big whack. This is one of the VERY few blogs that allows comments where I actually have fellowship with other people. Until you hammer out some method of precluding politics in what manner you see fit, I personally will continue to refrain from political comments (esp those meant to incite anger or elicit a response).

  74. Dan from Georgia says:

    I like what Xenia said about posting about the good stories, but yeah those items can be hard to find. Not sexy enough for our entertainment-oriented church culture and probably doesn’t involve the superstars of the faith. I think that was a politics-free comment.

  75. Xenia says:

    It is true that stories about two old enemies forgiving each other, a homeless mom being giving a safe place to live, a lady with a spare bedroom showing hospitality to strangers, a former heroin addict coming cleaning a setting up a business to help other addicts never make it onto the blogs and Tweets of the Internet. They reflect the inner life of the Christian, the inner life of the Church. You aren’t going to find a story online about a woman who, because of the grace of God, wrote letters of apology to all the people she’s hurt. But these things happens every day because God works in the lives of Christians, be they Trump supporters or Democrats.

    There’s a Christian lady in my neighborhood whose side yard faces the busy street. She put out boxes of books for kids, books for adults, garden produce, canned goods, potted plants, you name it. She has a homework-helper program going at her church, also in the neighborhood. She will never be the subject of a Tweet but she is not all that unique among God’s people.

    If we can’t find stories of good things Christians are doing, at the very least we can cut back on the bad stuff, which is shouted from the rooftops and the loudness of these stories gives people the false impression that this is how most Christians are these days.

  76. Dan from Georgia says:

    When the pandemic first hit the US I saw a neighbor put out supplies (the ones that were being hoarded in stores) on a park bench at the end of their driveway for anyone to grab for no price. This is the kind of stuff that makes me feel a little better about people in todays culture.

  77. Xenia says:

    Probably we won’t find a lot of good stories about private deeds of holiness because they are done with humble hearts that don’t crave fame. It is best that these kinds of stories remain between the people involved and God.

    But there are public programs, choirs, beautiful churches, inspiring sermons and all kinds of stuff. I think if you checked the websites of random churches, all kinds of churches big and small, evangelical and liturgical you will find people behaving like Christians are supposed to behave. I think you will be filled with gladness, too!

  78. Jim says:

    I agree with Xenia re linkathon, although linkathon is not what drives PP. This thread has some serious legs, and most of consists of people sharing a portion of their lives with others. I think there’s a lot of gold to be had in the personal stories of those here, one category at a time. We’ll laugh and cry and love and pray and enjoy talking about ourselves or enjoy being nosey 🙂

    A huge change in mission or method isn’t needed, but perhaps a little break would do us all some good.

    I’ll try to shut up now…

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