Moody Mondays and annual reflection: Happiness vs. Meaning, or give back to Community vs. Just You (mild depression trigger warning)…

Here is where I am in my reflections on previous year’s mental health states, and where to go this coming year, given the temptation to give up and find the nearest convent that will have me:  I will continue to look for meaning, rather than listening to what others insist ought to make me happy.  Looking back at previous years, I can at least see progress.

“…and just the other year, in 2016, my cousin expressed the similar belief that I’d been destroyed, writing me off as hopelessly depressed, yet treating me like a pariah and leaving me alone constantly, denying that there were any family get-togethers, dinners or bbqs for the holidays. Just as Dad was abandoned, except that I have never drank nor used drugs. With family like that, who needs enemies?”

karamsar, dark or negative thinking, really?

A person in Izmir accused me of being thus, for refusing to bring a new life into this world. I beg to differ…
…nor am I an anti-social ascetic who’s been emotionally ruined by my childhood.”

So, it turns out that I’m not getting as much done as I’d planned on, not being the influence for good that I’d hoped to be, AFAIK.  As some around me urge me to look to my own benefit, rather than giving back to the community, to just help my little circle and that will make me happy, I wonder whether we live on different planets.  Happiness is not my goal, but rather meaning, and what gives me meaning, satisfaction, is knowing that I am giving back to the community, whoever that is (I don’t know), knowing that I’ve contributed in some long term way to change or bear witness to a system that needs changing before many people can have full agency in their lives.  This is something that my privileged insister seems not to want to hear or understand.   Nevertheless, it is back striving to contribute to the good, and to give back to Community, today.  

May we all be Seal in the Book for a meaningful New Year,

Yassas,   γεια σας!    Salût !  Nos vemos!  Görüşürüz!     ! שָׁלוֹם

         Action Items in support of Community and hope that you can take right now:

1.) Think of two different reasons to give back to the community, as you see and define it.

2.) Share them with us in the comments, here, please.

3.) Share your thoughts with your other social media or IRL friends, and tell us how it went, please,

4.) Write a blog post or tweet that explains your views on giving back to community, or that just tells a good story, and makes a difference. I’m working on that through my historical fantasy #WiP, #WhoByFireIWill. Once published, donate one or more copies to your local public library, as I intend to do.

Dear Readers, any additional ideas toward learning, especially multiple #LanguageLearning as part of on-going education and empathy-building, to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness,  #EndMoneyBail & achieve freedom for All HumanKind? 

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking for CCOVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
Read, Write, Ranked Choice Voting and Housing for ALL!!, Teach and Learn (Lesson Plans) !


September, 12020 HE

(The previous lesson plan since this post, and the next lesson plan…)

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0 thoughts on “Moody Mondays and annual reflection: Happiness vs. Meaning, or give back to Community vs. Just You (mild depression trigger warning)…

  1. This reminds me of the year I was of service each month. Two things that made a huge difference was contacting a foster-care organization and asking what they needed. Turns out they needed diapers, so I posted on social media and people sent me diapers. I was able to provide hundreds (I don’t remember the exact number, something like 700) of diapers.

    Another thing that may be helpful now is to contact your local school district and find out how and if you can support their online teaching/learning efforts. Families with money are creating learning pods to support one another, leaving students with low SES to fend for themselves.

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    1. Wow! Thank you, Dr. Garland! Contacting local school districts in support of the students being left out is crucial for the future citizenship contributions of those students (too bad the monied families either do not know or don’t care about this key fact…). Do you have a post about this that I can reBlog?

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