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looking up


an e-mail
arrived from a friend
reminding me of support
given a year ago as her 20 year old daughter
dealt with substance abuse as well as
depression among other serious life issues

this time of the year is full of emotions
it is a happy, joyous time


holidays can be challenging

one may be experiencing
the holidays
without someone
for the very first time

job change


just struggling
to make sense
of your daily life
and to-do list

take a breath
take a break



Jewels said...

Wow! I love that fence photo. Outstanding!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful photo but it was your beautiful words that brought tears to my eyes.

Anonymous said...

ELK, your words brought tears to my eyes, too. So true. Your fence photo is amazing!

spread your wings said...

same here - tears and amazement ( i love both photos very much).

Jeanie said...

This is a beautiful and timely post, ELK. Your words ring true and bear listening to. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

good advice, breathe .... the fence is too cool for words! I love it.

Wayfaring Wanderer said...

I think....I just exhaled!

I'm having a hard time making it through the day, I'm glad I stopped in for a quick pick me up!

Unknown said...

This is a fun shot! :)

Due to computer crash I have lost your information for the altered bloggy book swap. Could you kindly send again? Thanx! :)

Anonymous said...

That fence photo rocks! Your words are so true. I have a friend who is dealing with clinical depression right now and is in need of moral support. Every day is a struggle. Sometimes it is hard to find the right words, but I try.

Leacayoungart said...

love that fenceokeh!

Anonymous said...

well said. beautiful words.

MaryAnn Ashley said...

I thought the fence was bubbles at first... really piqued my curiosity.

Thanks for your encouragement.

Shelli said...

First of all, these photos are stunning! Love them! And I agree - sometimes the holidays can be very hard. I have had my share of depressing holidays, and this year I know two families going through hard times. I often think of them, and I'm so grateful for what I have this year.

And thanks for your comment - my computer was in the shop over the weekend, and I'm glad to have it back!

Meadowlark Days said...

I love your new header. And I had so much fun catching up on all your lovely photos!

georgia b. said...

so true. i am happy to be in much better circumstances than i was last year. and i'm soaking it all in, as i am so appreciative of what we have, and don't really care about or focus on what we don't have.

i lost my dad a couple of years ago, so i know how hard the holidays can be when in the midst of these kinds of things.

your post is thoughtful and encouraging.

Elizabeth Halt said...

very true - the holidays can be extremely tough for people. Your words are a good reminder to be kind to everyone I meet, for they may need it more than I know.

that fence photo is amazing.

Memories Of Mine said...

Beautiful Sentiment. It can be hard to be happy when your life is not heading in the direction you wish and Christmas is a time when society expects us to be happy. Some people have no one to share the holiday with either. My heart goes out to all the people who have so grief in their life at this time.

Busymomma66 said...

Thank you. Exactly what I needed today!

christina said...

Such true words, my friend. I am taking it easy and as a family we are finding a few simple things to focus on.

I really don't like picking favorites, but can I say this photo is sitting next to my heart. : )

Anonymous said...

Love that chain link photo!! Beautiful. :)

Anonymous said...

Love that chain link photo!! Beautiful. :)

JUST ME said...


Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment. It is appreciated. Thank you for writing this post. I struggle sometimes. I am happy to know that some one out there can understand how I feel at times.

Peace to you,

Angelica Torrez

Anonymous said...

great fence shot and sentiment.

Anonymous said...

such great words of encouragement, something I needed to hear!!!

Anonymous said...

hoe very compassionate you are dear heart. it is so important to remember these things about ourselves, about the people we know and love and about all those soul we will never meet but ho suffer without comfort.
that chain link is amazing surprise of a photograph well done!

Anonymous said...

sheeesh my comment could use your help. the words are supposed to be How and Who. help me out please.