365 Challenge: Day 258 – Abbey

Abbey: (a) building occupied by a community of monks or nuns, (b) a place of silence which I absolutely adore, or (c) an exhibit I’m going to this afternoon


I’m in a grouchy mood today, not that you need to know or that it even impacts you; however, I am fairly open and always honest on this blog, so there you have it. I’m not grouchy at anyone in particular, perhaps at myself is the answer. I know the reason. It is not something tangible I can fix or change, nor is it something that will stick around very long, but it always seems to be prevalent in society. Ultimately, I’d like to just take a few steps away from the source of the issue and figure out how to relax and worry less — perhaps go sit in an abbey and not speak to anyone for a few days. I sent off a few emails today to discuss a few ways to try to ‘avoid the issue’ in the future, but ultimately, people are different, have a wide range of styles and opinions and there will always be those who are negative purely because they can be and don’t see any reason to not be negative. {Aside: I don’t particularly like those people and choose to avoid them.}

It’s moments like this where I wish life could be more like it was [in some ways] over a century ago — less intense, not as easy to react, minimal technology and more politeness. I also would like to be in England and practice silence as a current virtue for a little while. Now that I’ve gotten it out of my system (okay, well just saying it doesn’t excise it, but does help to just put out the words), let’s talk about the real point of today’s 365 Daily Challenge… and why I’m super-excited to forget this ‘above nonsense’ and focus on something wonderful. I’m going to the Downton Abbey exhibit this afternoon where I can immerse myself in something I love and enjoy. W introduced me to the show as it began airing the year we met. I hadn’t watched the first season before we went on a first date, but we quickly got caught up and for over 5 years, it was a religious Sunday experience.

I look forward to the potential movie in the future, but for today, I will bask in getting to see the full exhibit. It will undoubtedly turn my grouchy mood into something positively wonderful. I hope you’re all having a great weekend and I will catch up with you tomorrow for the final fiction genre in the current LIST series — and also when I’ll be back to my normal non-grouchy self (tho some might argue I can often be a bit like that).


About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon @ http://mybook.to/WGS. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

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  1. forget about everything, enjoy your tour and smile! it will get you into a better mood! and don’t worry. we all get grouchy sometimes and that’s also good! just take a break, spent time with w and maybe ryder and just forget about everything for a couple of hours! 🤗 and then you’ll be yourself again 😉

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  2. I love Downtown Abbey and have watched it religiously with my daughter. I hope your grouchiness is gone by now but it’s all right to be grouchy sometime. Now I’m not a negative person and tend to see the positive side of situations 😉

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  3. Vent away always good to let off a bit of steam. I loved Downton Abbey. I had a very British, old school, up bringing so much of it is familiar ground for me. And although there was no social media and information overload I do not think it was really as peaceful and as easy as it might appear. I had the chance to talk to my Grandmother and my aunt both of whom can remember much of that way of life and judging by what they said there was a good deal of stress in it. But in a world without therapists and psychotropic medication they just bottled it up and carried on. I hope you will enjoy the exhibit. I would love it I think.


    • Hi. It was a wonderful exhibit. I need to get to England to see the house!

      You are correct on what it was like 100 years ago. I should have been more clear. It would be much harder in many ways, but for someone like me, who is very much caught up in my head on things, not having technology might have been helpful. I could just do manual labor and not worry about book reviews, social media and all that stuff I have to stay focused on!

      I really appreciate your comment. And I would love to hear more stories about your grandmother and life back then. 🙂


  4. Grouchiness is okay. You are right, our world is full of people being negative, because they can. It’s a bad habit and carries over to person-to-person interaction. We see it everywhere, on social media, in the news, and often in our work environments. People make it a sport. That’s what I like about book blogging – it is overwhelmingly positive. Hope your weekend is improving!

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