Behind the Scenes – December 2107

Special Event, Special Event, Special Event

Saturday, December 2 gives you a chance to complete your holiday shopping. Wylie is sponsoring an Art Fair and Tree Lighting. Start the day at a huge craft fair at the Baptist Event Center, 200 Ballard Street with 100+ vendors. Grab some food: then go shopping.

The Wylie Art Gallery starts their Creative Gift event at 11:00 a.m. with Creativity for Kids. At 2:00 p.m. a watercolor artist gives a demonstration and guidance to budding artists. At 4:00 p.m. three authors from the Sachse-Wylie Authors Group offer insight for the gift of creative writing. Come early as parking may be chaotic. You don’t want to miss a minute of this interactive discussion about publishing.

Visit with the authors and artists. See you there.

Tulsa Event

 Be sure to read Resistance, about my fabulous trip to Tulsa in this issue.

Southern Methodist University Event

A friend and I attended the SMU event featuring Anne Lamott, prolific writer. Thirty-two-hundred people filled the McFarland Auditorium. She has a new book titled Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy. I’m eager for time to read it.

Private Book Club

I shared old photos I found AFTER I published Gift of the Suitcase. What a delightful group of fun and eloquent participants.

If you are choosing books for your book clubs, think of me. I customize each program.

Holiday Frustration

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Thanksgiving place mat by a grandchild

WHAT’S FRUSTRATING YOU?

Friday I purchased a new version of Microsoft. Talk about frustration! I updated from 2003 to 2013. Do you think the learning curve frustrated me? Of course! Why, the week before Thanksgiving? I wanted to transfer the book I’m writing into one document, since I wrote each chapter as a separate file. I certainly knew the learning curve would frustrate me. How do you handle frustration?

During the holidays most of us try harder to please everyone. With events, entertainment, gifts, friends and family we go into a different mode, agitated by the items on our to-do list. How do you handle frustration? Let’s think about the topic to prevent unfortunate outbursts and irrational behavior.

WAYS TO HANDLE FRUSTRATION

Below are ways I’ve handled frustrations. I suggest you make your own list.

Which ways are useful?

___Put my head in the sand.

___Read a good book on the topic

___Seek a counselor

___Cry, wail and create scene

___Hold onto the situation, making everyone around me miserable

___Become irrational, not logical, refuse to listen

___Confrontational

___Seethe and keep it inside

___Read the Bible or inspirational articles

___Retreat to the grocery or other cave

___Eat too much

___Blow up at someone, not the agitator

___Take the dog for a walk

___Talk it out with a friend or relative

___Define the issue

___Determine whether it’s my problem or another’s

___Go shopping

___Take a short trip, preferably to the ocean

___Prayer: give it to God

Depressed or Depression

First, let’s understand the difference between “feeling depressed” and depression. Sadness which lasts two or three weeks due to issues in your life is common. All of us succumb to periods of sadness, especially with any loss in our life. But if it lasts longer than three weeks or you feel like life is no longer living, you need to seek professional help NOW. But if the situation is simply frustrating, let’s look at valid ways to cope.

Whose Problem Is It?

Second, accept the things we cannot change. We can’t change Uncle John’s behavior or control it. Accept the fact we may be uncomfortable during his visit. Unless asked for advice, we can simply keep quiet. Create an appropriate script before you confront an issue rather than fester and explode. Know how you will handle the situation rather than intensify the possibility of harsh words. Accept the fact that Aunt Jessie will never get over her divorce.

A sense of humor can defuse a situation better than confrontation. If you need to discuss the subject, please do it in private, not in front of Aunt Millie or Cousin Sue.

Think about some of your issues. Are you trying to solve others’ issues? Is it my issue or yours? You may want someone to change, but can you?

Actions and Feelings

The holidays can be fun and fascinating. You may need to shed some tears about a recent death in the family or illness, but make the best of the holidays. Reality often hurts, but try to show a happy face and you’ll be surprised watch what happens. Much of the time your actions come first and then the feelings.

Finally, after many YouTube videos of instruction about Microsoft 2013, I sought help from my techie-husband. After I promised to listen carefully, we managed to accomplish the task at hand with no hurt feelings or hostility, thank goodness!

Last year a good friend died. Here are a couple of lines she shared with her circle of family and friends during the last part of her life:

“See a sunrise. Listen to the rain. Trust life. Have faith. Enjoy. Make mistakes. Learn from them. Explore the unknown. Celebrate life.*

 HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

* Thanks to Cindy Colangelo

Please join us Monday, December 1 at the Carrollton Job Focus Group at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, located at 4000 Midway Road (corner of Midway/Plano Parkway) at 10:00 a.m.   The group, for unemployed, under-employed and people considering alternative careers meets weekly on Monday mornings.

Leave inspired with new ideas for Moving Forward! Prepare for the New Year while you network during the holidays.

Please join us Monday, December 1 at the Carrollton Focus Group at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, located at 4000 Midway Road (corner of Midway/Plano Parkway) at 10:00 a.m.   The group, for unemployed, under-employed and people considering alternative careers meets weekly on Monday mornings.

Leave inspired with new ideas for Moving Forward! Prepare for the New Year while you network during the holidays.

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