It’s interesting to see people, in times that should be joyful and happy, continue to wallow in their own misery. Even though it should not shock me, it does every single time. No matter what happiness, however small or great, is bestowed on them they find the misery in it. They wait for the other shoe to drop. They bemoan how what little luck they have will undoubtedly be quickly replaced with something so much worse that it will negate the momentary, fleeting happiness. And, when something not quite so happy happens (which is bound to happen) they shout “See! I told you nothing in my life ever can go right!”

The human side in me wants to shake them silly and snap them out of it. The zen side of me just lets the rushing river of misery pass me over like the water in creek over the stones. And yes, I understand that over time water rushing over stones wears them down. But it takes a long time and we all change over time. But the rocks don’t let the water dislodge them or wash them down stream. They stay steadfast until something big happens to them. They don’t move when a rock downstream is shaken lose.

But I guess the human side of me, the frustration with people who just can’t be happy no matter what, is getting to me. It only lasts a short while. Soon, like the stone, I’ll just let it all wash past me. But for the moment I just want to shake the wallow out of the misery-loves-company-self-victims that seem hellbent on ruining what should be the most humbling, joyful, happy time of the year.


About ynnarie

Lynn Salisbury grew up in the rural town of McGrath, Minnesota. After graduating from McGregor High School in the mid 1980’s, she moved to the Twin Cities. Lynn spent her 20’s and 30’s working like the average person, never imagining the calling that awaited her. But those two decades of working, learning, growing, led to the day a friend challenged Lynn to write. Lynn met that challenge and never looked back. Now she draws from her life’s experiences and creative mind to weave stories. Stories about different worlds, different lives, different perspectives. If you ask her about her life, Lynn will tell you it’s been rather simple and sometimes boring. But if you dig a little deeper you will find that it’s been a bit more exciting than that. Lynn has done everything from designing clothes ranging from prom and wedding dresses to drag queen attire and everything in-between, became a registered, ordained Pagan minister in the state of Minnesota, to creating a group, on a social media site, of fans devoted to her favorite football team that has more members than most medium sized towns. Lynn still lives in the Twin Cities area, enjoying the changing seasons, spending time with family, working, and writing. She will admit she hasn’t found her genre niche yet, and she secretly hopes she never does, leaving the possibilities wide open for any type of story that formulates in her head, mixed with a bit of muse inspiration, to spill out into the written word. She writes what she would want to read, having taken to heart a piece of advice she once heard. And she feels blessed and grateful for the chance to share her stories with the world. As the mother of three amazing, beautiful and strong daughters, Lynn knows that even when the world seems the darkest, they are her light. And she never forgets what an honor and privilege it is to be their mother. “If you haven’t had your ‘a-ha’ moment today, you haven’t been paying attention.” – Lynn Salisbury
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