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Feeling Good!

“Because I’m still in love with you, I want to see you dance again, because I’m still in love with you, on this harvest moon” Neil Young

Let us take a moment to celebrate for a moment rejoicing in the good things about life. Only positive uplifting thoughts in this article. 

The Bible,  which I read every day, tells us not to worry about tomorrow. Why tomorrow isn’t even promised. Getting distracted by tomorrow will stop us from enjoying this day to its fullest. Its spring and now is the time to go out and plant some flowers. If you never plant the seeds of a better tomorrow you will never reap the harvest, the flowers won’t be there for you or someone else for that matter, to stop and smell.

Living in the moment is not a state of denial. Rather it is a strategy to capitalize on everything that life brings. The sun is shining brightly today. A friend came over to watch my wife for a few hours. So after getting a couple of necessities from the pharmacy, I went to the library to read. I even treated myself to a nice meatball sandwich at Subway.

At the library, I ran into some old friends. The Woman’s International League of Peace and Freedom was having their meeting. This is a pacifistic group that I used to belong to. I wrote many letters with them to various politicians over various issues. I never got any replies from the president on down. Most likely all my efforts did was to get my name put on yet another government list the FBI keeps. But as I reflected on it I realized that I made an attempt to achieve better things through a political solution.

As I sat reading my horror book I saw a good number of people whom I assumed were homeless. Some were sitting in the air-conditioned library sleeping on the cushioned chairs. The one I sat next to had a smell of body odor. I reflected on how it is a fear of mine going homeless. The thought occurred to me that I might actually enjoy a lot of aspects of it, including the free time.

I saw the flowers at the library. I smelled their sweet fragrance. I thought of the times when the Native Americans had dominion over these lands. In my mind, I pictured endless fields of flowers filling the winds with their wonderful aroma.

I took a little walk and passed by a woman smoking a black Marlboro cigarette. She was dressed in a white blouse with a black skirt. She was wearing sunglasses. Her breasts were bunched up seductively under her shirt. A few yards later, I walked past a man watering the plants in front of the Jazz Club. I asked the man if he could hose down the young lady because smoking is bad for your health. As I walked away I heard the young lady barking some words about her cigarette. I started laughing really hard. I was still laughing when I passed by a man exiting his car and told him the story.

Earlier I passed two men delivering beer to the local restaurant. The one told the other “We need a signature”. I volunteered to sign the papers. We all laughed and the man said, “Sure as long as you leave me some green papers.”

There are some days the dragon chases you. There are other days you chase the dragon. Then there are days like today when the dragon sits in the hot sun drinking lemonade and enjoying the perfect weather.

So my books are on sale for under one dollar. I want to present to you a feel-good book called “I Should Have Been A Rock Star”. It is maybe the best book I have ever written and it will make you laugh and think. Keep the ball rolling, go with the flow and enjoy the day.


Feeling Good!

John Kaniecki

John Kaniecki is a full-time caregiver for his wife Sylvia. He is a published writer and works with the Church of Christ. John has lived with bipolar for over thirty years and has been hospitalized nine times, three of which were committed. John has chronicled his life story in his memoirs "More Than The Madness". Also of note is John's book of poetry "Murmurings Of A Mad Man" which are poems written about being committed in Graystone Psychiatric Hospital. John believes in the power of words to change the world for the better. His website can be seen here. His books can be seen on Amazon. You can visit his personal blog "Turn A Page Or Two" here.

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APA Reference
Kaniecki, J. (2018). Feeling Good!. Psych Central. Retrieved on January 23, 2019, from


Last updated: 2 May 2018
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 2 May 2018
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