"This too shall pass...until then, fetch wood, carry water, walk the earth."
Whenever you're going through a crap time, it's inevitable that someone will tell you that first part. "This too shall pass..." But it always surprises me how many people have never heard the second part, which is really--in my humble opinion--the most important, "...Until it does, just keep moving."
Rough spots are part of life, but sinking into them is where the danger lies. Sadness and struggle are going to happen, but inertia will kill you.
January seems to be the time of year that I have the most trouble with that. A few bad anniversaries, the cold and dark, a general lack of things to look forward to--it's unsurprising that a thin haze of depression tends to settle into my brain this month on the regular. Or that it makes many of the things that usually bring me pleasure--my pile of knitting, a pet research project--seem like so much work. Getting out of this mental-muck to do something productive is a lot of work.
The key, I think, is to just start moving, even if it seems small or silly.
The other day when my friend announced that her family was finally bringing home a new kitten, it lit just a tiny spark under me. "I should do something nice to help them celebrate that," I thought. So I googled "homemade cat toys" and found this one from Martha. It's stupid-easy--and I made it easier still by using purchased feathers instead of making my own--but it got me to the craft store and playing with brightly colored feathers and tying knots with my hands. I packaged it up with some other goodies in a pretty box, and the effect of it made me smile.
When my friend posted a picture of it on Facebook, another friend reminded me that she has three cats also, so I made three more toys from my excess supplies....
And then I cast-on a baby blanket.
And emailed about classroom space for a photography class I've always wanted to teach.
And started brainstorming ideas for an article I want to submit somewhere special.
Fetch wood, carry water, walk the earth, make cat toys. Indeed.