Being a news junkie with all the bad news of the world made for a very depressing holiday season.
Each year that passes holds the promise that "this will be the year" that I enjoy the holidays again. However, the blue funk starts right around Halloween to coincide with Christmas being pushed down our throats earlier every year by the retail trade.
You can't blame them, they are just trying to survive these weak economic times.
This year's news has been unusually disturbing to me. Ugly politics, fiscal cliffs, a violent hurricane leaving unimaginable devastation and another sad school shooting has done me in. But, as I sit at my computer writing this post, the news is on the television!
I was going to write a series of posts about the school shooting, gun control and the sad state of mental health . . . but I've seen too much ugliness at other blogs that I just don't want to deal with, so I have decided against it. I'm not here to be controversial. There is enough of that on the news!
Needless to say, I've taken a backward turn to the dark side and further away from peace, love and happiness than I care to be.
I know I'm not alone with these feelings . . . the holiday season is not a happy one for many in this world . . . and I can't imagine anyone going through the season who have been affected by the tragedies we have heard about on the news!
Having said all that, the emphasis for the new year will once again be on optimism and attitude adjustment. I'm so happy the Christmas holiday is over and the symbolic new beginning of a year is upon us!