I know it's because I'm tired and not 100% well, in combination with the media reporting of the recent earthquakes and tsunamis in Samoa and Indonesia this week, but I've got a bad case of "sad-about-the-state-of-the-world" today.
Nothing in particular set it off, just a couple of weeks full of little incidents that I know almost every one of you experience regularly as well, such as:
Checkout operators rolling their eyes at each other while I unpacked my goods from the plastic bag I specifically told them I didn't want (twice) but they gave me anyway;
Attending an event where food was served in & on disposable containers and feeling sad about the overflowing bins full of Styrofoam cups and paper napkins - and feeling even more sad after it occurred to me that I was most likely the only person in the room who felt sad about it;
Witnessing a parent complain about the behavioural issues of their five year old, whilst said child washed down a huge bag of Twisties with an equally large bottle of Coke;
Watching another parent sit in her car for 25 minutes outside the school with the engine running so she could run the air conditioner instead of getting out and standing in the shade where I was waiting (I thought she had a baby asleep in the back seat so I didn't say anything, but nup, no baby);
Ordering lunch packs from the Motel we stayed in while away and feeling sad about the waste we generated due to each individual item being wrapped in approximately half an acre of plastic wrap - and then feeling more sad about the fact that the rest of our fellow picnickers generated even more rubbish than us and couldn't have cared less about it;
...And so on - you know the drill.
So, I'm need of a little something to lift my spirits. I'm finding lately that whilst I still really enjoy reading the small number of blogs I visit almost every day (the rest of my blog list I get to over the course of a week or so), very few continue to inspire me as they once did. I think that is because they just don't reflect my personal circumstances: living in suburbia with small children and a small backyard in the midst of a "regular" social set who don't share my lifestyle choices, and with whom I have to interact every day.
I know many of you are also in the same position, so what do you do (or who do you read) to give your Simple Life mojo a little boost? Please share! Don't get me wrong - I'm not depressed as such, just a bit... well... sad. And who doesn't love sharing a good link or book?
Some TLC for my poor neglected garden is definitely high on my agenda this coming (school holidays) week, although the forecast is for rain for the next few days (Hooray! It's so dry here at the moment), but in the meantime I'm hoping to get some reading in :-)