The Birthday/Funeral Gift
Those of you who read between
the lines are probably aware that five months of grumpy gut has been
hard on me on a mental and emotional level even more so than on a
physical level. I'm a total believer in the brain-gut connection now,
having charted my moods and bowel movements for months and found a
nearly perfect correlation between good and bad days on both ends of
the body spectrum.
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On the plus side, this
realization has forced me to work harder than ever before to create
order out of the chaos within my own slightly flawed brain. I've found
easy pick-me-ups in the form of gratitude exercises, long baths,
Christmas lights, zumbaing to youtube videos, and doubling down on the
daily walk. 95% of the time, being aware of the early warning signs
saves me from long days in the outhouse and from long nights wandering
down dark mental alleys. But the other 5% of the time can be a doozy.
Which is where you come
in. One of the books I'm working through at the moment is Jonathan
Robinson's Find Happiness Now, a
series of exercises you can carry out in five minutes or less to boost
your mood short and long term. With my birthday just past, I decided to
follow Robinson's advice and beg for help from those who love me for a
project he calls "The Birthday/Funeral Gift."
To that end, I'm
collecting anecdotes and photos to go into a make-Anna-smile book for
rainy days of the soul. Want to join in? It's simple. Just think of a
favorite memory about your connection with me, write it
down, and mail or email it over. It's a bonus if the tale comes with a
but any kind memory is much appreciated. I'm looking for short, sweet
memories that I can read and look at when I'm down to remember how much
brightness there is in the world. Thanks in advance if you choose to