This day has been sucktastic. But I don’t want to write about this. I lived this nonsense today and don’t want to relive it in the written form.
The sound of music annoys me. I still have listen to songs, but music sounds like noise. To keep from going out of my mind with boredom, I’ve started to listen to Ted Talks.
I was in Ted Talk zone and found a talk by A.J. Jacobs. Jacobs spent a year living biblically and wrote about the experience. He followed EVERY rule and scripture literally. Out of the experience this self-proclaimed agnostic found that he had become more spiritual. Not religious (which is what Preachers of L.A.are *violent shudder*), but his relationship with a Higher Power changed.
One of my biggest takeaways from the talk is that Jacobs now recognizes the little things that often go unnoticed. He now appreciates the smaller things based on Thou Shall Give Thanks.
By saying thanks daily, he realized “the hundreds of things that go right daily as opposed to the 3-4 things that do”.
I need to become more cognizant of the good that happens daily and begin to nurture my prayers of thanks.
Rather than focus on the spirit of hatefulness that seems to follow me when I head to the gig, I need to focus on the people who leave my office happy. Happy that they are now United States Citizens, happy that after a year of searching they are now employed, happy that they can have a decent conversation with their child’s teacher because they are more confident with their English skills.
Rather than start my day annoyed that despite everything BUT cutting it off, my belly fat just won’t go away, I should enjoy the asana I practice in yoga and the feeling of peace that comes with a vigorous Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation).
So today, to combat the foolishness of today, here are some things I’m thankful for:
1. I’m not a guest on Jerry Springer. I love trash TV. I have no shame admitting that Jerry Springer plays in the background while I’m getting dressed, and I laugh and giggle at the antics of the guest. I am thankful that I don’t own any ill-fitting leopard print outfits and that I’m not twerking on stage.
2. Despite his attempts to make the gray I carefully cover with Miss Clairol show, in the bigger scheme of things, my son is a decent kid.
3. My second favorite dress was clean and ready to wear to work.
3. I had the foresight to put my name on the waiting list for tickets to see Malcolm Gladwell at the Free Library of Philadelphia for an author talk. Gladwell’s The Tipping Point was instrumental in changing the way I approached working in my community. Originally I was in the cheap seat section, but now I get to see Mr. Gladwell up close!
What are you thankful for this week?