Lots of people are in the Winter Funks and I am too. There is NOTHING WRONG, and in fact lots of things are GOOD right now, including Paul getting a promotion and raise that involve no extra time/duties (he got the promotion because he had gradually worked up to doing all the parts of the job he was promoted to), and also that for Christmas my brother and sister-in-law gave me a gift certificate for air travel so I can plan to another trip to see Niestle this spring.
But still, I am befunkified, and I know a lot of you are too. I'm doing my usual remedies, such as using the expensive face lotion and drinking coffee and turning on extra lights, but I've had another idea. It seemed like a great idea to tell you about when I first thought of it, but now I am feeling shy because when I think of putting it down in actual words, it sounds like a really cheesy idea, the kind we ought to consider putting on an inspirational plaque in swirly gilt writing.
Oh, no---I know EXACTLY what it sounds like: it sounds like an idea Marmee would have come up with in the book Little Women. And while I love that book, and love Marmee too, she really was kind of an overflowing bowl of treacle, with her Big Shameful Confession being that she had a bit of a temper that her husband had to help her rope in, which he did so effectively that her children DIDN'T EVEN KNOW SHE HAD A TEMPER. Which, uh. I mean, that doesn't seem like it could have been much of a temper problem then, does it? I don't think Marmee would ever, EVER have snapped at her children or said, "Oh, god no, I can't hear even ONE MORE joke today"---at, um, 6:30 in the morning.
Anyway, here is my idea. ...No, I can't, it's TOO cringey. Here is MARMEE'S idea, which I am going to try: Marmee recommends doing something nice for someone else that is also fun for us. For me, I'm thinking along the lines of putting together a small care package of treats, but that's because care packages and treats are my thing. It's a good idea because it involves the happy work of making treats and packing them up, and also there will be extra treats for me.
I think any idea would work if it uses a skill that's typically enjoyable for you and can be used to benefit others (knitting? embroidery? baking? shopping? drawing? writing? woodworking?), ideally something that will take a little time and effort and perhaps the fun of going to the store to get ingredients/materials. And then there's the fun of choosing who the recipient will be.
This small thing isn't going to CURE the winter funk, of course, but one of my winter funk symptoms is thinking there's no point to doing anything unless it 100% solves the problem, so I'm counteracting that kind of thinking at the same time.
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