Working man blues or not?

On Christmas Eve I treated myself to getting my nails done. I have been working hard lately, and taking on extra shifts. The ER can be stressful, but it’s what I choose to do for work. So until Colorado and Paris, only one day off at a time.

I asked the ladies in the nail shop out of curiosity how much time they get per week. She smiled, and replied with one day off per week. She looked tired, but her reality she seemed to be okay with. She was still smiling, and joking around at times! On Christmas Day, I asked the man from Yemen who owned the corner store (where I was buying wine from) how many days he gets off per week. He replied with none. No days off. One year on, one year off… sometimes. He went on to explain how Yemen is at war now. There are no hospitals, and no schools. This makes it so he cannot go home. It’s too dangerous. So for now, he works everyday.

If you are wondering how my Christmas was I will tell you. I will tell you that I was reminded that most of us in America have things very well. Most of us get two or more days off per week. We have schools. We have hospitals. Yes, our current president is an awful man… but he cannot he in office forever. Working hard to reach your goals pays off. Sometimes it is hard, but just remember that there is always someone who has things worse off than you… and sometimes that person is still smiling.

Happy holidays!

-K.K. Powell

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Don’t be a rattlesnake, be a bear. 

If you happen to live in the northern hemisphere then you are likely starting to notice the seasons. The days are getting shorter, and Samhain has come and gone. It reminds us all of what we have achieved this year, or did not for one reason or another. It reminds us of what we need to shed in order to let new things grow so we can move on. If you just look up you can see it all around you. The leaves change color, and fall to the ground. The weather turns cool, and the hours of light dwindle away.

Sometime it is easy to get down on your self when you need more rest, and you are not as active as you have been. In America we are so used to the idea of “time is money”, and we must be always doing something, or going somewhere. We get so worried about how people see us, and how we must portray ourselves. We push, push, and push until we turn into rattlesnakes striking the minute we are poked. 


So here is my message to you-

Now is the time to just be. Get comfortable in silence, and spending time with the self alone. If it is uncomfortable, try it out for small amounts at a time, and slowly increase the time. Bears hibernate for a reason in a certain season! So as the days get shorter, allow yourself to rest. Allow yourself to go within. Take time to figure out new goals now, and let go of the shit you do not need. If you do not take away those old leaves it’s going to be a whole lot harder for those flowers to emerge come Spring. Don’t wait for January 1st. Right now is actually the perfect time. 

-K.K. Powell

Joy vs. Happiness

What is the difference between

Joy

and 

Happiness

It can be argued that happiness is merely an acute object whereas joy is chronic. We spend so much time focusing on negative that I am sure you thought…acute vs. chronic. Disease! No! I am really just talking about a measurement of time. It would appear these two states of being are differentiated by the measurement of time.

The acute state of a pleasant feeling: happiness. Merriam-Webster describes this as a state of being happy, or an experience that make you happy. A state is only for a state of time though. This is a temporary feeling. Another can argue that, “happiness is a warm gun…” like in the Huffington post article of 99 definitions of happiness. I believe this was also a Beatles song? That warm gun is only warm for a period of time though, right? After a while it will be too hot to shoot! That is also a satisfying feeling! The feeling only lasts for an inkling of time though. I digress…

The chronic state of joy is a feeling of happiness over time. Long term happiness. As Merriam Webster states this as success in doing something, finding something, maybe even reaching that goal you have been fighting so hard for. Joy is an element of wellbeing. C.S. Lewis goes on to declare, “It jumps under one’s ribs and tickles down one’s back and makes one forget meals and keeps one (delightedly) sleepless o’ nights. It shocks one awake when the other puts one to sleep. My private table is one second of joy is worth 12 hours of Pleasure.” One second of joy is work twelve hours of pleasure. It’s true. We won’t perseverate on this any longer going on to define pleasure though.

This is just something to think about on your Sunday.

So I leave you with the clock that only measured time backwards from one of my favorite movies, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”.  

I think it goes without saying that most of us would love to relive moments of great happiness where the mere thought brings a smile to our faces.