How. Are. You. Really.

This is Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle. Sit back. Relax. Make yourself at home. That means sitting in dog hair and listening to Deputy Digby howl. I need to have a talk with you. After I finish my breakfast at noon.

For most of my life, I’ve heard the persons ask each other, “how are you?” And I’ve always just heard persons answer with “Good. How about you?” But it seems to me that no one ever really answers the question at all. It’s like they’ve been programmed to say the same thing over and over.

But lately, I’ve heard some new answers. I’ve heard people tell each other that they are as good as anyone else. I’ve heard them say they are well so far. I’ve heard them say nothing at all in response. And I thought about it. What if everyone just took a day to say how they were really feeling? What would happen? What can happen?

So let me ask you, since you are sitting down. How. Are. You. Really. I want to know. We are family.

Maybe one minute you are worried. The next scared. The next minute, maybe you feel strong. Yes. You can sit here awhile until we run thru all those emotions. I’m here. Like I know you are there for me.

Since every psychologist charges by the hour, I do have to explain those fees up front. But I can promise it will be well worth it. Because we all want to be heard.

And once we give voice and acknowledgement to those feelings we are all having, we can figure out a way to not ignore them, but at the same time, not affect every minute of our lives.

Just like we have to clean our homes, we have to clean our minds with the good things. The positive things. Wash away the negative.

And even though I can’t guarantee when this Virus Monster will leave us all, I can guarantee that compassion and kindness should stay far longer. So ask someone how they are today. How they really are today. And be prepared to listen.

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The Anxiety Monster

This is Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle. How is your new roommate doing? Working overtime, I hear. Yes. We all have to work overtime at some point.

But things are getting a bit crowded in this Big Blue Treat Wagon RV too.

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You see, normally we have the Depression Monster who pays us a visit. And now, his friend, the Anxiety Monster is taking up space too. I hear you may have that Anxiety Monster in your house as well.

I don’t read the news. I don’t watch the news. In fact, we haven’t had a television for four years. But getting away from the bad news isn’t even possible for us. It’s everywhere. And it’s hard.

For Girl Person, waking up in the middle of the night and all hours of the morning is a routine now. The Anxiety Monster keeps her up. Wakes her up. Makes things pretty difficult.

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When the Anxiety Monster doesn’t acknowledge quiet hour, it’s time to lay down the law. As Sheriff, I’m on call 24 hours a day. Every day. Every night. And I working overtime is what I do.

If I crawl into bed with Girl Person, well, there isn’t much room left for anyone else. Anxiety Monster? Yes. I knocked you off the bed.

When Girl Person is trying to drink her coffee and worried about the news ahead, I step in between and block that Anxiety Monster. Call me extra strength espresso.

You get the picture. This Anxiety Monster follows you to the store and it pops out of the empty shelves.

This Anxiety Monster peeks around the corner when you’re working from home. Put on some pants, by the way.

But as much as the Anxiety Monster is trying to get you to panic, you are stronger than that. Because we are stronger together. We are all in the same boat. And we are going to push that Anxiety Monster overboard.

This won’t be an easy time. But making a resolve now to include in your routine some positive thoughts will lessen the opportunity for the Anxiety Monster to creep in. Us dogs are here. We’ve always been here. And we are way more cuter than an Anxiety Monster.

There will be times when you think you can’t find joy in your day. You’ll think only sadness and doom are in the air. But what I do when I feel like that is get my little tiger. He makes me feel better. Maybe for you it’s a book to read. A flower to smell. A movie to watch. Take care of you.

If you don’t feed the Anxiety Monster with bad thoughts and news, maybe eventually it will leave. But until then…Today, Anxiety Monster is not your day. You. Are. Arrested.

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