You are looking in the wrong places.
Don’t watch or read the news unless you can do so without reaction. (A challenge for me.)
People are good. My sister-in-law suffered a stroke. She’s only 50. We put up a GoFundMe and they received THREE times their goal.
A ten-year-old boy in our community lost his father to Covid. I collected money among our teachers and their network brought in $1,000 in two days. It’s still growing!
People are good. Remember that. Be the change you seek. Make effort for good.
Several months later, Chloe was taking yoga lessons, seeing her therapist, and doing much, much better.
Harry helped her find a therapist who specialized in anxiety and depression.
“I…I’ve been going through a hard time,” Chloe stammered.
What Harry saw startled him: boxes upon boxes stacked throughout the home and spilled food everywhere. Chloe’s house was a mess.
She stood there and stared at the boxes. How could she be so excited to buy them and now feel so ambivalent? Her heart fluttered. She had no more credit for purchases. And her clutter was leading to less and less room in her home.
To get her mind off of her problems, she decided to watch some TV and have a snack.
“Want to see a movie tonight?” Bruce asked.
“Sure. Let’s go see the new Korean movie that won four Oscars!” Chloe said excitedly.
“Parasite? Awesome. I’ll pick you up at 7.”
*from 642 Things to Draw
The next day, Annie Anthias invited Chloe over to hang out. They exchanged seaweed soup recipes and baked shrimp cakes. Annie wanted to go on the Keto diet together. She had gained some weight TV binging and hadn’t been to the gym in months.
“We can’t go on that diet! Where in the coral reef would we find cauliflower and cheese?” asked Chloe.
Chloe did not think so: work, dating, money…it was all too much. She clicked the “add to cart” button but decided to hold off on purchasing the purse. She had 8 other items in the cart and made a mental note to revisit the website at home that night. She felt very excited and powerful which was a lot better than feeling anxious.
*a story about shopping addiction
page 13: “I think we need to shake things up. Our subscription numbers have leveled out. We need to do something new,” Liz said.
“I don’t know. Why mess with perfection?” Chloe did not like change. It caused her to worry. It caused her great stress.
“One Friday night, Chloe was at Liz’s house hanging out. They were talking about work.”