Heaven is not in the sky. Heaven is right in front of you, within your grasp. It’s so much easier to feel Heaven in a church, near a body of water, or in nature.
I made it through the rest of January with only a half of cup of coffee at work on the 15th. I threw it away because it tasted weird. I didn’t have anymore coffee the rest of the month. This was the most successful “living without” I’ve done since I started.
I didn’t believe I could do it. It wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be. The carrot smoothie that I wrote about yesterday really does help with my energy level. I’ll keep going with this challenge into February.
The challenge for this month is “no sugar.” I’ve got my meals planned out already. Wish me luck.
The plan was to not watch the news this month. Unfortunately, I hit my head at work on a piece of exercise equipment Friday, December 6th. Ambulance ride, ER visit, concussion diagnosis. It was great…not. I was off work from that day until December 24th. When I wasn’t sleeping, I did watch television, and sometimes, the news.
I have watched much less news in January. What I have done is read articles at Good News Network and Good Black News. They both remind me that people are doing good in this world. It’s unfortunate that good news is buried at the end of all newscasts, local and national.
I had thought super briefly about working in broadcast news while I was in grad school in the late 90s. (That was my decade!) I met a former news camera man, Derek, while I was in school. He told me two things: 1) That I was too nice a person to work in the news business and to stay the hell away from it, and 2) Newscasts lead with death and destruction in order to scare viewers into buying things. Number Two tripped me out the most. We’re being scared deliberately with the intention of driving us to buy more “stuff” in the name of fake security? The older I get, the more his words make sense to me.
January’s challenge is no coffee. I have had coffee since January 1, but a lot less than normal. Post-concussion, I have had more energy and I’m sometimes not finishing my coffee. I have raspberry tea at work and my own mug, so that’s what I’m reaching for more often.
Good News Network: https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/
Good Black News: https://goodblacknews.org/