Two of my recent posts may have led some of you to believe I am in a mental and/or spiritual funk. This is definitely not the case! I am happy with who, what, and where I am in my life, and those posts are merely depictions of the occasional dips in my enthusiasm.

We all have our ups and downs, and it’s nothing to be ashamed of, or to spend any time worrying about. I propose when we are in a low time, we keep looking to God, knowing He will bring us out of the valley and send us soaring to the top once again. But here’s my point: Are our valleys always as bad as we perceive them to be? In my case, I have to answer with a resounding NO!

Yes, we sometimes find ourselves fighting a serious situation, and in those times it’s often impossible not to be sad or depressed. But! Too many times, we are in a woe-is-me state of mind when it is not only unnecessary, but… well… speaking from my own perspective, ridiculous!

While walking my old dog a few mornings ago, I was in one of those heavy-hearted-for-no-good-reason moods; one of those where you can’t even put your finger on why you’re feeling down or depressed. I suddenly spoke out loud, “Are you kidding me?” A few steps further and I said it again, but with more enthusiasm. I realized how absolutely crazy it was for me to be sad, upset, or otherwise distressed about anything!

I mean for goodness sakes! I don’t have everything, but compared to the vast majority of people in the world, I have it made. I am loved, I have a comfortable home, plenty to eat, and more stuff than I know what to do with. I literally have nothing to complain about!

But, I do complain, and I do get down in the dumps. I’m only human, after all.

Later that morning, I was talking to Mom, trying to cheer her up. She’s had some reason to be down lately, but even so, she, too, has a pretty good life compared to most. But, much to my amazement, Mom gets depressed and sad at times, just like the rest of us. (I tend to think my mom is above all that, so it comes as a shock to me when she exhibits human traits.)

But as I told Mom, about my own case of the doldrums that morning, I suddenly said, “Mom, we need a Wow button!” I told her this imaginary button should be always available, and anytime we begin to feel down, we should press it; the purpose being to recognize our world is a “Wow” world, and we should be viewing it that way. Instead of looking at our problems and being depressed about whatever is wrong, we should be looking at all the good things in our life and shouting, “Wow!”

Come on! Give me a big “Wow!”


If you’d like to read the posts I refer to at the beginning of this, click on the links below:

An Ordinary Guy

Mostly About the Past


  1. Mike Metheny said

    Charlie, I can tell you from experience that God is not only with you on the mountain he is with you in the valley. Prayin for you bro.

    • Thanks, Mike! I appreciate your prayers, because I happen to know you pray some mighty powerful ones!

  2. Sherry Mashburn said

    WOW, WOW, WOW!!!!

  3. Raivenne said


    What’s the line “no use in complaining because no one wants to hear it anyway?” or something along those lines. Those who have reached out to you in concern, however needed or not, is proof-positive not only are you heard, but are listened to. That is worthy of a “WOW”

  4. Cheri said

    WOW:)) let’s all put on our WOW button!!!
    Thank you my friend:)

    • Maybe it will catch on, and I’ll be the guy who invented the WOW button!
      Love you!

  5. wowee……. your post resonated with me as really I have no complaints-but we’re all entitled to be down in the dumps a bit as long as we don’t allow “it” to rule our life. Cheers !
    And thanks for the nice comments left on my blog! Those always lift my spirits!

    • I agree! I see no harm in experiencing emotion of any kind, but at some point, we should move on and get o with life in the wow. (I could have so much fun with that word!)
      Thanks for the wonderful comments, Kathe. And, you are most welcome regarding my visit and comments!

  6. This was one WOW WOW WOW post truly.
    Off late I have had not so good time and reading this made me see a lot of positivism….loved this for that
    Keep this spirit always 🙂

    • I’m so glad you enjoyed it! That was my intent–to encourage others–and I seemed to have done it with many! That encourages ME, and makes me very happy!
      Thank you for the awesome comments!

  7. jmdh said

    I know 7erl folks that need to read this one. wow !!

    • I think everybody needs to learn to say, Wow!, Dale. We all have so much to be thankful for, don’t ya think?
      Speakin of thinkin, I’m thinkin a lot here lately that I might need to come spend a long weekend at your little retreat next year and do some kick-back-fishin.

  8. Tino said

    Whilst I am not a religious man, the idea of a WOW button is certainly something I can empathise with.

    I know what you mean about some people wondering just how crazy you really are. In my case, and yours I suspect, its only slightly 😉

    • Thanks, Tino! I was actually just thinking that though the “wow” concept is based on religion, it would appeal to the non-religious as well. A positive outlook is a positive outlook, no matter its foundation!

  9. terri0729 said

    LOL, can I have a Zow-Zip-Zing button too?! Loved it Charlie. Think I make one in paper and paste it above my computer 🙂 Blessings…

  10. pure2core said

    Very true..Everyone needs a wow and pat in order to make our life valuable.. Am happy there’s a very wonderful person acquainted to me…
    A great big WOW! to you from bottom of my heart ..

  11. neha said

    Thank you for sharing such a positive message Mr. Charles . Yes little things and wantings in life makes us feel like we don’t have anything and such thoughts makes us feel like we are the ones less fortunate. But if we think on a broader level, we are so much fortunate than so many people who are suffering to even get a nice meal a day.

    The next time I’m down, I’ll surely try this “wow” button 🙂

    • You are very welcome! I promise you the “wow” button will work! If it doesn’t seem to, just keep hitting it until it does. Thank you for the wonderful comments!

  12. kirti said

    wow(this was the reaction to your post) and WOW(this was the thing you requested for) 🙂 thanks for the amazingly motivating post and thanks for visiting my blog 🙂

  13. C Rose said

    WOW! hehe…just lovely, thank you for sharing! ~ Rose

  14. Thank-you for that WOW Charles…I really needed it today! ❤

    • So happy I could help, Susan. The button is available all day, so keep smacking it as needed!
      Thanks for the visit and comment!

  15. bajanpoet said

    WOW *grin* Thanks a lot … needed to read that today 🙂

    • So many of us need this every day! All day!
      Glad it could encourage you!
      Thanks for the visit and comment!

  16. Morning said

    great one,

    shared with the collection, hope all is well.

  17. Well said! Very motivating. Keep going!

    Erick Flores

  18. I like your WOW button…we complain our way through our blessings…I think each morning I shall rise and find the WOW button immediately 🙂

    • I love the idea of a WOW button. I am really enjoying having it around, and hope it doesn’t get set aside after the new wears off!
      Thanks for the great comment, Susie!

  19. Interesting your mom is in the story., Charles. Scanning the comments, I did not find anyone mentioning that WOW is MOM upside-down, another tiny perspective shift into which countless meanings could be read. 🙂

    And the tiny perspective shifts are maybe the greatest gifts we could receive from God and give ourselves. They are process of opening, and the opportunity that precedes, lives within, and results from that opening process.

    It is these that more or less have the power to move mountains, or to figure out a better way than trying to move the mountains.

    • I hadn’t noticed that either. Very nice touch, Elaine! Thak you for your comments and added perspective on this post. Very much appreciated!

  20. Deborah said

    WOW! First time here.
    Enjoyed your post!

  21. joycedevivre said

    I’d give it for a two thumbs up and WOW! 🙂 Featuring this tomorrow, check it out 😀

    • Wow, back at ya! Thanks for the feature! You get an early made-my-day button!
      Thank you, Joyce!

  22. […] encouragement is always a refreshing stop for me and for his readers throughout WordPress. I say, ”WOW” to his post last December 14, 2011: We all have our ups and downs, and it’s nothing to be ashamed […]

  23. Bernadette said

    Thank you for this wonderfull post, i too will press the WOW button

  24. RVingGirl said

    Praise God. That is why the Bible tells us to offer the “sacrifice” of praise because God knows that sometimes it is SO hard to praise Him but He always ALWAYS turns the sacrifice into JOY!

    • Amen! Thanks for stopping by! Your visit and comment are very much appreciated!

  25. WOW, is right! What a wonderful, encouraging message. Thank you. I really needed to read this today.

    • Awesome! I love it when a plan comes together! (My plan is, quite simply, to encourage folks.) I hope you continue to enjoy my blog!

  26. all I can say is WOW!

  27. Greetings:

    Hope that you have had a great Merry Christmas.

    Thanks for the delightful support along the way,

    Happy New Year.

    Share a piece of your poetry today at our week 19 poetry picnic,

    Have fun!

    Sending you love and blessings.


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