When you’re feeling blue

I am a big fan of rose-coloured glasses. I prefer to call it an optimistic POV.

I am also a big fan of positive memories from which I believe we find inspiration when times are low.

My grandsons are growing up, as I may have mentioned one or two or a million times.

I had gotten to thinking about mortality lately. Mine, specifically, and I asked myself what words of wisdom I would leave for them, and pretty much came to the conclusion I had no wisdom to impart. At least, none I could think of in the moment.

Then I came up with an idea.

So I had a few photos mounted on a light board they could hang on a wall. Wrote the blurb below and mailed off the package to them today.

With the note below

I hope you will hang this on your wall,

And when you are feeling down,

And life is hard, as it often is

Look at the pictures for a moment or two

Look at the pure joy,

Close your eyes,

And remember how it felt

And breathe

And for a moment

Let that pure joy

Lift you up and make you strong,

I will love you always and unconditionally


So, from North of 43, I hope if your day is low you can conjure up a memory or look at a picture of a blissful time and remember how it felt. It works.

Chris G July 20th ’22

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One is about 43 degrees latitude N. and longitude 80 W, The other almost equidistant south latitude and longitude 174 E. Two women, two minds, different personalities and experiences, choosing a life of meaning, continual growth and learning, at the same time negating ageist opinions of exactly what ‘an old lady’ should be.

21 thoughts on “When you’re feeling blue”

  1. THIS is a perfect gift. Maybe it isn’t wisdom we’re supposed to give them. But love, support and no matter what, no matter where they go, they know without one second of doubt, that to someone they were everything. They are loved. Loved. Loved. Beautiful Chris.

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    1. Thank you Colleen. I think I have discovered that newer generations have no interest in my wisdom. It seems life might be all about gaining ones own wisdom.But I think everybody loves to feel loved.

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    2. I agree. It’s such a touching gift, reading it brought tears to my eyes. And I think it’s both: a perfect gift and much wisdom about life itself. It reminded me of Oliver Wendell Holmes’s words: “Youth fades; love droops; the leaves of friendship fall; a [grand]mother’s secret hope outlives them all.” Or like Colleen said, your words words will stay with them and warm their hearts when they need it most. Beautiful and beautifully put. Thank you so much for sharing it.

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