Happy or Sad, Good or Bad…

;’-) When something makes me smile, I suppose that means I am happy. So I will use that as criteria for “happiness”.

What makes me smile about sunflowers, besides their bright and happy faces, is that they are so true to their name. I bet you can tell from this photo the direction the sun is shining. ;’-)

Like Suzanne, I am often angry and am not sure that is sadness. I think there may be a fine line between the two. I am sad to see this squirrel.

;’-( I am angry because we continually steal natural habitats from so many animals and give nothing back to them. Whether it be a squirrel, a raccoon, a bear, a deer, or any other animal, it is sad that their natural habitat is constantly taken over by humans and then they are punished (killed usually) because they are being a threat by looking for food in our neighborhoods. Or being killed by automobiles as they try to cross the road to somewhere they have lived or have their family waiting for them. I don’t have the answers, but I would think we could do a better job of coexisting with them ;’-(. I do not plan to take a photo of every roadkill I see, let this be my example of sad.

;’-) I would be stopping way too often to take a photo of each or every few pieces of litter, so as with roadkill, I will post only this one as the example.

;’-) I am not the biggest fan of bike trails as I prefer to ride on interesting roads through neighborhoods. But I am happy when a short trail gives me the option to avoid a busy street to get to my destination.

10 response to "HAPPY OR SAD, GOOD OR BAD"

  1. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: September 1, 2021

    Awwww poor little squirrel, I hate it when I see that happen; squirrels are among my favorite animals. I admire their work ethic.
    I’ve seen lots of journals from European countries and just don’t see litter in any of the city photos, and with a rare exception being sometimes along a rural path or road.
    The most litter I ever saw was along California 99 between Fresno and Madera — looked like a convoy of garbage trucks exploded — with Tennessee coming in a somewhat distant second.

    • By: NancyG Posted: September 2, 2021

      Even though they are considered a rodent, I like squirrels too. I do agree that our country is the worst for roadside litter!!! My photo is not of the norm around here, but there is too much litter even if not quite this big a bundle all at once.

    • By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: September 2, 2021

      The worst roadside litter I ever saw was from one of those long suspended highways over swamps near New Orleans, would have been hard to retrieve it

  2. By: The Navigator Posted: September 2, 2021

    I feel the same with your happy and sad choices.

    I think one of the reasons it can be hard to differentiate anger and sadness is that sadness often involves grief. One of the stages of grief involves anger. Or it could just be that we are saddened by injustice which sparks the anger?

    • By: NancyG Posted: September 2, 2021

      You are right Em. I learned (years ago) from a therapist the ‘hurt and anger’ are twins. Fits here I think.

    • By: Suzanne Posted: September 2, 2021

      I agree – and it is sometimes easier to live with anger than the deeper lying sadness or grief.

  3. By: Laura Posted: September 2, 2021

    My favorite sunflowers were between Vienna and Slovakia. They are a flower that brings a smile to my face.

    • By: NancyG Posted: September 3, 2021

      Isn’t it something how sunflowers can bring a smile to us? Always it seems.

  4. By: Suzanne Posted: September 2, 2021

    Love the sunflowers peering over the fence at your colorful bike! I also agree with your comment above to Em.

    • By: NancyG Posted: September 3, 2021

      I love it when I ride by a happy thing like a ‘flock’ of sunflowers to bring me a smile :’-).

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