The Ups and Downs

Life is full of ups and downs. Or so they say.

Lately my ups and downs have been to the extreme.

Having to renegotiate a big contract to keep my sanity.

Publishing a book for the first time.

Facing the fact that I have to say good-bye to my oldest dog before the end of the month.

Meeting my newest nephew for the first time.

Finding the balance between the more extreme ups and downs can be tough.

My hard exterior is easily penetrated by emotion.

I feel off kilter.

But I know the balance is there. Its comes back. It always does.

The world keeps spinning.

I realize how fortunate I am when I consider the ups and downs of others.

And things will feel normal again.

I wonder what it would be like to not have the ups and downs.

Boring really.

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How do you handle the ups and downs?

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  1. says

    I’m so sorry to hear about your dog. I’ve only had to say goodbye once to a pet in my life and I remember being devastated. On the other end, congratulations to your family on the arrival of your nephew! I guess I just try to breathe when dealing with the ups and downs, and talk to my husband, sister or mom who are my rocks. I hope you have more ups than downs!
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  2. says

    I love this so much, Jen. I love how you painted that picture of life’s ups and downs and spinned it just so, with the beauty of those precious pictures and reminded all of us how boring life would be if we didn’t have those incredible moments – the ones that spiral us out, but reel us in- as the world keeps going.
    Yes- it always comes back down… to settle.

    I get this. I get you.

    And I just love you for sharing… :)

  3. says

    Your ups and downs are pretty up and down my friend. I think given who you are, in your gut and your heart, that very philanthropic and socially minded woman who I adore so much, you are able to keep your particular ups and downs in perspective, which is great, but at the same time, you are allowed to own them as yours. The thought of saying goodbye to a dog rips me apart. That alone would have me hysterical in a corner. And the giddiness of the book and the elation of welcoming a life into this world. all grand and wonderful but a roller coaster all the same. Enjoy the good. And please accept my love and prayers for the not so good. xo
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  4. says

    I am blinking back tears because we had to say goodbye to our 16-year-old husky a few years ago, and our Alaskan Malamute last Thanksgiving, and your photos remind me of my own. They are family. Lately it’s been a lot of downs, and not within my own (Cassidy, Des, Scarlet) family but within my extended family. The loss of three pets, a grandmother without money, and a lost brother. Then just in the last few weeks/months, the money came through for my grandmother and my long lost brother moved to Jersey in a surprising and sudden move.
    I think that’s how I get through the downs, because the ups come too.
    It’s really hard, though.
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  5. says

    So sorry about your doggy. So hard. I try to take extra time for self-care when life gets more intense. Even the exciting, happy stuff can use up a lot of energy and leave me feeling unbalanced.

    Thinking of you.
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  6. says

    Being a new dog owner myself, my heart really breaks at the thought of saying goodbye. I’m sorry, I know that is tough. Life is full of ups and downs, no doubt. But I do believe all the cliches about being able to appreciate the good more because of the bad. I am proud of all of your accomplishments, even though it is overwhelming to have it all going on at once!

  7. says

    I recently had to put my oldest dog down. We had someone come to my mom’s house to do it, and it was so peaceful and well worth the money. They let us keep a lock of his hair for a keepsake. It was very hard, but so peaceful that it balanced out the good and bad emotions.

    Best of luck <3
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