Posts Tagged ‘Life’

Two Related Insights From My Day

December 20, 2022

Sometimes you just don’t know how much you are influencing someone else’s life. Sometimes you find out a few simple words of encouragement to an acquaintance meant more to them than you could have possibly imagined, and sometimes you are disrupting someone’s rest because you will not stop opening and closing your damn door!

And Yet Every Reason To Believe That Is EXACTLY What Is Going To Happen

December 16, 2022

I am in dire, and I do mean dire, need of a day off tomorrow.

The household is also in dire need of one of those deliveries/installations that have ways of consuming much of your day. (We’ve been without a dryer for a week now, and in South Florida that means it takes forever for your clothes and towels to dry, and when they do dry, they’re more akin to sandpaper than anything else.) As I write this now there is precisely zero indication that the dryer will actually be delivered tomorrow.

I Mean, Seriously!

December 2, 2022

I was a little disconcerted to see a police vehicle and a number of officers lounging outside my home this morning. Realizing they had seen me as well, I decided the best thing I could do was to ask them what was going on. As I was approaching them though, I noticed two more police vehicles flanking outside my immediate field of vision.

“Anything I should know about?” I asked.

“No,” an officer assured me. “We’re just out on a wellness check, and it’s not at your address.”

“Good to know,” I said.

I didn’t bother to ask why they were lounging in front my house, the shade tree out front is second to none on our street, but having counted three cars and around six officers, I did have one unescapable thought:

That’s one hell of a wellness check!

Usually, It’s Seven

November 28, 2022

Today is one of those days I feel like I’m being pulled in three different directions at once.

This is a good thing.

Sharing My Pains With The Glass

November 21, 2022

Today I watched a glass fall from a five-foot surface and heroically survive the initial impact, only to shatter dramatically after a five-millimeter bounce. I was more bemused than anything else because I’ve had days like that too.

Spoiler Alert: It Would Have Been Better To Change Tactics

November 18, 2022

The other day I was watching someone talk about why battle casualties were so high in World War I compared to prior wars. In their opinion, one of the main reasons was because there was a general feeling that the battle tactics being used were “tested, tried, and true,” and therefore if they failed, it was “obviously” the fault of the soldiers, so there was no need to change the tactics. If the soldiers were only “stronger, braver and truer,” the tactics would “naturally” work the next time.

Or the next time . . . or the time after that . . . or maybe the time after that . . . but eventually!

Now That You Mention It

November 10, 2022

Me: (talking about books) While I have my preferences, of course, I like anything interesting with a good story, really.

Me: *pauses*

Me: Now that I say that out loud, I suppose that applies to most things I like in life, come to think.

And Even If You’re Not Sole Author, You Can Still Change The Story

October 11, 2022

Every once in a while, I get a reminder of just how much of what we tell ourselves is our “reality” is actually little more than the story we’re just telling ourselves in our head.

“Now Bother Me No More For This Day”

September 21, 2022

Some years back (as social media helpfully reminded me today) I took a picture of my then toddler son looking suddenly exhausted right after he had managed to smear green cupcake frosting all over the lower half of his face. (I knew the cupcake was too big for him, but I dramatically underestimated the amount of mess he would make.)

But it was the caption I added to said picture that made me chuckle, because it’s a phrase I’ve revisited from time to time over the years since:

“Life . . . she is the mystery understood only by the clown of ennui.”

I Hate To Admit It, But This Is Almost A New Concept For Me

September 12, 2022

The word of the week is “sustainable,” as in “This course of action is not sustainable long-term.”