Today, I’m linking up with Stream of Consciousness Sunday at Jana’s Thinking Place. The (optional) prompt is dealing with stuff.
Off the top of my head, when asked how I deal with stuff (for me that means grief) I can come up with three main mechanisms. Talking with friends, playing or listening to music (counts as one) and writing poetry.
I’m pleased to have so many coping mechanisms, but I often find that playing and writing music, and to a greater extent writing poetry, have particular problems. I am never quite sure what I can reasonably release into the world without ruffling feathers. I hope to submit some poems to a literary journal next week, but they deal with something fairly personal. It involves some people who are still on the planet, as well as a friend who passed a couple of years ago.
I’m not sure what’s reasonable to publish because I haven’t got it in me to write a tribute just yet. There are certain feelings which have come out in these poems which have to come out, but I’m not sure whether they should be put out onto a world stage. (Alright, it’s only a literary journal I’m submitting to, but they’re still going to be online.)
Dealing with stuff for me happens in many forms, besides those I have already mentioned. On the rare occasions when I can quieten my mind sufficiently, I do enjoy meditating, although it tends to become rumination on the issue of the day. Usually that’s more to do with my friend who passed in 2011, the kind of stuff I am diligently trying to avoid reawakening at the moment. It’s tricky, though – dealing with our own stuff can involve treading on others’ toes, and I am not a big fan of that. I’ll do what I must, though.
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Wishing you peace and strength on your journeys,