Welcome to my regular Friday song/tune day and general ramble, ladies and gentlemen, where I pick a piece of music that reflects my mood or the times, to share with you.

I don’t really feel like Friday song day today. My well of songs is drying up. I realise that is a cop out because it is not all about me. Every now and then we all feel obligated to put on our happy face. Many people struggle with their mental health and for them, Christmas and other national festive occasions, can be particularly challenging. If you can see that your loved one is struggling, ask them what they need. It may not be the stress of a big family get-together. Sometimes a chat or a warm/cool beverage and a familiar face may be more than enough.

When that is not enough, help is available. Lifeline Australia provides 24/7 crisis support on 13 11 14. Similar services are also available in other countries.

Now for the song, It Don’t Come Easy, written and sung by Ringo Starr.

Hang in there, everyone.

Kind Regards.

27 thoughts on “Festive Cheer, Or Not

      1. It is! I spent the entire day on the daybed watching the snow fall and perusing vintage photographs on the Library of Congress website. I have a whole new lease on life today.


  1. really good song choice. ❤ Hang in there, Tracy. There's a Mexican saying, "Todos jodidos perro contento" essentially, "All fucked up but doing OK." A lot of times in my life that phrase has lightened a dark moment. All fucked up but basically OK."

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  2. Great choice of song and thanks for including the phone number of Lifeline Australia.

    I for one have been struggling to keep positive now I’ve had 2 major surgeries and close to 3 years stuck at home (for the most part), not literally, I do go to the local pharmacy and medical centre more than I would like. In some ways, recovery hasn’t been easy without lots of new photos and nature walks to share online to distract me. It was my focus for 7-8 years. I wake up thinking “where to next” and “what can I do today to bring some positive energy?”.

    I remind myself what a wonderful environment I live in and how lucky I am.

    Hope you have a wonderful Christmas with family/friends and a Safe and Healthy New Year. Safety being the operative word in this pandemic age we live in.

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    1. Vicki, I hope that once you recover from this surgery, you will be able to live a more extravagant life in the field with your camera. Do I recall correctly that you have another surgery planned? I don’t doubt that it has been tough and it is not over yet. You definitely need a holiday or a balcony with some sea birds.
      I for one am very happy to have made your online acquaintance.
      I am enjoying the digital art side of Photoshop at the moment. Perhaps that is something that could extend the distraction value of your photos?
      I still have a story of Christmas past to write. I hope you will enjoy that. It is funnier now that a 3 decades have passed. 🙂
      Stay safe, Vicki.

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  3. My heart goes out to all who suffer in these ways. I have always been able to have a more optimistic view of situations. However, I have people close to me who are not able to do so as easily. I don’t know what makes people different. But I know the feelings are real and I wish I could help. Thank you for the reminder, Tracy! Thoughts, hugs, and prayers for all those who struggle ❤🤗🙏

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