I figure if I just start typing that an idea for Day 10 will hit me and I’ll be swept up in a blogging moment that will relieve the pressure I feel from this self-imposed challenge, and perhaps change your life in the process.
How about we start with one of the best movie lines I’ve pretty much ever heard, “Sometimes I believe in as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” Of course, it originated from Lewis Carroll’s novel, Through the Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There – for you fellow English majors out there. Though I have to say, I woke up at 5:00 in the morning to get the firstborn on the bus to DC, so practically everything was impossible before breakfast.
Let’s try six impossible things after breakfast and keep in line with Alice’s theme:
1. There is a potion, a.k.a. coffee that can make you think – and what would some of us do without our dark roast, café latté, café con leche, macchiato or espresso? Although I began my coffee journey with café con leche years ago, my horizons have expanded to appreciate almost all types. That, my dear friends, is maturity.
2. There is a cake that will make you grow and it’s in the form of a donut – what would the morning be without that? There’s also the cinnamon roll, scone, bagel, French toast or muffin. All of which will not make you grow tall like Alice did in, but will make you grow similar to the fashion of Tweedledee. It’s just a little something I’ve learned firsthand over the years, but never let it stop me.
3. Animals, such as my dog Henry, can talk - I know his bark that warns me of the vicious squirrels outside. I know his distinct whine when he needs to. . .well, you know. And, I know that my day will be absolutely atrocious without his gentle whimper as I pet him on my way out the door. Clearly, he speaks volumes to me.
4. Cats can and do disappear – especially those feral ones in the neighborhood that somebody keeps feeding. They are everywhere and they are nowhere. What I do know is that they are jumping on the hood of my car and scratching it up. I’m pretty sure that will eliminate the broadest of smiles from anyone.
5. There is a place called Wonderland - there just has to be. Otherwise, what’s the point of everything we do? It’s all to get to our own personal Wonderland, where ever or whatever that may be. For me, that place is all-encompassing, undefined – however, it’s a place that allows my family to want for nothing, yet be grateful for everything.
6. I slay a Jabberwocky in some form or fashion every single day. It is the “ferocious maneater in life” creating our daily trials that keep the fire lit within us. Too much, isn't it? Perhaps you can call it that little negative voice that tries to convince us you can’t, but in reality, you can? Let’s run with that.
I’m beginning to think Lewis Carroll wrote his entire two novels about Alice as a metaphor about my life, right? Okay, perhaps not just me, but it sure does feel like it sometimes.
I’d love to read your version six impossible things, so do share.
All too often we take for granted all the things that hold us together in life. Our family, friends, and even our pets are the ones that shape who we are and how our day will be. And, in dealing with all of them, we can decide how much power they will have over our mood. Your spouse may get on your nerves with their annoying habit of slurping their coffee because it’s just too hot, but he’s not patient enough to wait. Heaven forbid. This really isn't a valid reason to spoil your mood. Right? Or, when he guzzles down his water as if he’s been lost for days while hiking in the Mojave Desert without a drop to drink. You know that sound - gulmp . . . gulmp. It should never get to me, I mean, you. Right?
Or, how about when your son doesn't finish his lunch that you carefully packed and leaves a half-eaten sandwich mutating overnight in his snazzy insulated lunch box. Funny how he has forgotten (repeatedly) that the dog will use his Jedi skills to pull open the zipper and ravage what’s inside. I’m only kidding, the dog doesn't use the force, he ventures into the dark side and actually chews right through the outer case until he rips what can be only described as an irreparable wormhole, leaving bits of plastic scattered under the dining table. And, consequently, this leaves your son having to embarrassingly brown-bag it. But, it's not gonna ruin my day, right?
Do you know why? Because, I've come to realize that my life is more than those annoying little moments. There are so many things I love, simple little things, that I began writing down yesterday. I carried a notebook around after I came to the conclusion that a list was warranted. And, to my delight, it simply grew on its own. As you read my list, think about the little (or big) things you love.
Just so you know, I do recognize that standard operating procedure dictates family and friends are at the top of the list, so let’s just say I’m starting my list right under that part. Also, keep in mind they are by no means in order of importance, but the first one was what made me take a moment to think how sweet my life is.
I could easily add more to this list and most grateful that it would come so easily to me. These are just a few of the things that give me a reason to smile and recognizing each one has been immensely therapeutic.
Are you making your list of the little big things things you love? If so, share a few.
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