Better than what? I know you guys. MY people are witty and smart. And besides, that’s what I would ask.
Well let’s think about it. It has been a tough two years. I’ve had Covid-19, had to replace my HVAC system in my house (the whole thing), had to have emissions work done on my car, worked in a crazy real estate market, refinanced my house (I think that was last year, who can keep up?), I’ve worn masks, sanitized, washed hands, stopped going to church aka petri dish, AND had a kidney stone…I need some RELIEF.
So this morning, I was watching YouTube and saw violent protests! I know! And guess what? They were not in America! Oh, I forgot where they were, maybe Austria, and the protests were about a lockdown due to the flu. And you know what? In a strange way I felt better. Why? You ask? Well because it’s not just us acting crazy and fed up, that’s why. You know affiliation is a strong circumstance; marketers use it all the time. If somebody else is doing it, it must be okay! So yeah, I felt a teensy bit better about ‘the world’. Sounds warped, doesn’t it? And yet, I still feel better.
Then I watched a couple of youtube videos about Queen Elizabeth in her colorful outfits, and I thought, “Awww, she’s just adorable!” And I felt better. That lady loves color as I do! Looks better on her, but still, it makes me smile to see her colorful outfits with hats. She rocks ’em.
And…I’m seeing Christmas lights everywhere! Before Thanksgiving! People say they look happy and I agree, so I say, “Decorate away!”. And I feel better every time I see Christmas lights up early, so happy, in fact, that I say out loud, “Awwww, CHRISTMAS LIGHTS!”
Did tell you my phone had to have a new SIM card? Wellllll it did. Got it today. My phone is behaving marginally better, and just marginal improvement makes me feel a teensy bit better. Is there hope for this phone (iPhoneX). No. Not on your life. But for now, I feel a teensy bit better. By the way, Douglas, my Verizon guy, was amazing! Made me smile while sitting in the Verizon store. Now that’s talent.
I’m reading a book called Molecules of Emotion, about the mind-body connection. Lots of stuff about eastern medicine and the psychology of healing. Fascinating. But the good thing is, I read that book while having a quiet lunch in a nice little restaurant with good coffee, and I felt so good taking that break.
Lots of little things to feel good about here, and I’m just scratching the surface. Life can be tough, but nobody said it is supposed to be easy. The trick is noticing the things that bring joy and acknowledging them. And of course, once you start listing the things that make you feel better, you never, ever, reach the end of the list.
Things are better when we believe our life is good. Life is better when we understand that when one thing doesn’t work out, something better comes along. I say, things tend to go the way they’re supposed to. So. This Thanksgiving, think about what can make YOU feel better, and maybe, just maybe, the first things will be the turkey on the dinner table and the people with you.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone.