So today I thought I would treat myself to the half-price Easter egg I’ve been lusting after and which I felt sure would be mine today. Which one should I have for this very special one-off treat? A dark chocolate one for sure but which make and what chocolates to go with?
However… when I got to the supermarket which I patronise, I noticed the aisles containing the seasonal goodies now contained – gardening equipment! I ask you, WHO is gardening in the UK in THIS weather right now? Especially where I live in The Peak District.
I feared this was an ominous sign. As indeed it proved to be. Seems they’d used their day off from serving customers yesterday to redesign bits of the shop. You know, that thing they do in supermarkets that infuriates shoppers but which I’m guessing head office or some focus grouped market research has deemed will up “saleability” by confusing shoppers and making them wander around forever down the aisles looking for chocolate, I mean looking for whatever used to be there.
The aisles that had Valentine’s Day chocolate, then Mother’s Day chocolate and finally Easter chocolate now had none. Just terracotta pots and implements that look like they should be in a torture chamber – could they be garden rakes?
We’ve sold out!
No, we have no Easter eggs left an assistant cheerfully told me. We sold out Good Friday. Ah HA! So people DO start eating Easter eggs on Good Friday. I KNEW IT!
“There was a call out for Easter eggs on the local radio station on Friday. Could people phone in and let them know if they spotted an Easter egg anywhere,” the assistant helpfully added. Another words, I wasn’t the only one to go without an Easter egg this Easter. Seems the usual Easter egg hunt turned out to be just that this year. Boo! But good too. The demand for eggs has saved me from myself and on this the last day of the lovely long weekend (well it has been for me and I really hope for you too) I’m back purely on Paleo because I couldn’t do owt else!
Creativity is the immune system of the mind
I also have non-dietary reasons for my cheer today. I completed the target I set myself of writing four short stories in four days. And it feels so good! I’ve written them in the hope they sell as I love doing this and would really like to make more of my income from writing fiction, if not, in fact, all of it. There! I said it. Amazing how easy it is to own a life-long ambition when you’ve had some small success in it.
But even if none of my stories sell, I still feel incredibly happy for having written them. John Holt, who founded Artists in Mind, says creativity is the immune system of the mind. Oh boy is it. Do check out their website. Artists in Mind is for people who’ve suffered severe mental illness and it encourages people to use creativity to recover their health and strength. As some of you will know, having suffered from mental illness myself in the past, I have a particular interest in this subject.
Creativity of any kind, whatever it is that turns you on, can be enormously beneficial if you’re lucky enough to have good mental health or have never felt even slightly down. Many people find gardening tremendously therapeutic and creative. They should visit my local supermarket – try the former chocolate aisle!
When you get the blues
When you get the blues it can be very hard to shake it off. If you find you can’t snap out of it perhaps before going down the meds route why not try doing something creative? If you can. For its own sake as well as, maybe, for making some or all of your income from it. I had a bit of a blue spell recently due to an unexpected bereavement and writing has been a godsend. It’s really helped.
Course it could be that writing this blog is filling me with the endorphin rush I’m currently loving. Who knows? Something is working. Oh and I’ve now lost another half an inch all over. So that’s an inch and a half in all in two months. Slow progress but progress. A steady loss of half an inch a month would be six inches off in a year. Enough to be physically healthy and push back the Diabetes risk that set me on this path.
Have a good week. Thanks for reading my blog.