Friday, March 26, 2010

Why does it always rain on me? (and other Friday wisdom)

I was contemplaing making this a regular event on my blog--who couldn't use more wisdom, right? But then I realized that inspiration (for me, at least) doesn't really arrive in a regularly scheduled slot. So here it is for what it's worth... and you probably won't see it again for a while.

I decided this morning to start a campaign-- no more snow after the first day of spring. I'd like to know how many of you I could count on for signatures if I sent around a petition. Which got me thinking...

See, I have this lovely large wall of windows in the office where I work that overlook the mountains/industrial Murray. When I arrived this morning it was dark and gloomy, and the minute I made it through the door it started snowing like crazy. I guess I should have been grateful that I made it inside before the blizzard started, but it was hard to find the bright side when it looked like I might need snowshoes to make it to my car tonight.

But twenty minutes later the snow had stopped, and the sun was trying to shine through the clouds. (Which are, granted, still a bit gloomy.) But it wasn't nearly as bad as I imagined. It wasn't one of the signs of the Apocalypse. It wasn't the three feet of slush I was dreading.

If I was a Disney character, I'd probably be Eeyore. At least 75% of the things I stress about never even happen. But when I was little, I wanted to be Pollyanna. Every time I watched that movie, I'd decide I was going to play the Glad Game. For a while, I'd be really successful. "What? A rock in my shoe? Well, I could be glad because I have FEET!" But it didn't take long before I'd slack off-- something relatively minor would knock me off my perch of gratitude and I was back where I started.

I think sometimes I need a reminder that life isn't nearly as dire as I'm expecting it to be, and I'd save myself a lot of unnecessary anguish if I'd brighten my outlook just a tad. I'm working on planning for the sun and moaning about the three feet of slush IF AND ONLY IF it is currently soaking into my shoes. I'm going to focus on worrying about the things I have some control over and letting the rest go.

Aaaannnd it's starting to snow again. Sigh. But maybe I'll be good at snowshoeing!

P.S. Current books read: 22 :) But... only one week to go. :(


Kimberly said...

I struggle with this too. It annoys some of the people who know me because I shoot down ideas based on what MIGHT happen. I think it comes with having a vivid imagination, actually. Some days, I could do with less imagination. Living in my head is fun and all, but I need to get out more.

Better snow than hail?

Julianne said...

I would definitely sign that petition. I get so excited about snow in November, but by March I'm sooo over it!! Today was slow at work because of the blizzard. What month is it anyway??? I agree with you though. I have a hard time remembering the things I should be grateful for and the blessings that I have. Eeyore was always one of my favorite Winnie the Pooh characters! Must be why I like you so much!!

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