So here I am, in my office staring out of a window as rain falls. In Southern California lately this qualifies as headline news. Looking out I realize that I’m sitting in clouds as fog blankets the valley below me and it’s beauty is soft. Beauty comes in a myriad number of packages of course, wrapped in many guises, played from any number of instruments.
Too often we have trouble recognizing beauty for what it really is when we see it every day. Hey, a snore can be a beautiful sound if we have been in a silent, lonely bed for too long.
A few thoughts on beauty:
Beauty knows no age
Beauty knows no race
Beauty knows no religion
Beauty knows no ability
Beauty knows no color
Beauty is not disabled or handicapped
Beauty knows no gender
Beauty is not determined by job
Beauty is not based on a mirror
There is beauty in us. All of us. Where is the beauty in you? We sometimes forget to glance inward but hopefully we know the beauty is still there even if it’s changed. We just have to remember to look.
Shhh. Listen. Hear that faint “woo-hoo” sound? That’s all the moms and dads across the land cheering. School is back in session. Oh sure, some schools retuned earlier but for most students this is the grand back-to-class day. That sound doesn’t last for long of course. Pretty soon the realization sinks in that the chauffeuring, the homework-helping, the teacher conferences, and the drama of school is headed at us at the speed of light. But for a brief, few moments go ahead. Luxuriate in the thought that you might just have an extra second or two to yourself (and the family pet who will miss them as soon as he wakes up).
Just bad luck
Have you ever wondered where we learned all the weird things we know? I’m not talking about intellectual things or the knowledge one gets from school. I’m speaking of all the strange or bizarre random stuff that ends up on a shelf in the brain.
For instance, there is the number thirteen. It’s supposed to be bad luck. What about walking under a ladder? That also brings bad luck. There are so many things in life that bring both good and bad luck that it’s almost impossible to keep up with them all. And it’s all just so much nonsense anyway; those signs are practically too old to be relevant anymore.
We need some new bad luck signs, signs that have been created for life in the twenty-first century. And who better to give you those new bad luck signs than me? Read on, and learn to watch out for all of the new things that can lead to the worst luck imaginable (okay, not imaginable, but you get the idea).
Updated bad luck signs:
- You get home and realize you don’t have your wallet, purse, phone. Where were you?
- Green swimming pool water. Yes, it’s a Southern California thing, but still;
- Drooling dogs about to jump on your lap;
- Bees swarming outside your house;
- Bats headed for your head;
- The sound of a rattlesnake as you enter your bathroom late at night;
- The sound of a rattlesnake any damn time;
- The screeching of car tires behind you as you jog;
- The sound of, “honey, could you…” (fill in the blank);
- The words “trust me”;
- The sound of your doorbell when you saw a salesperson next door a few minutes earlier;
- The 15th time you hear “Mommy / Daddy I want” while in Toys ‘r us;
- The sentence “Could I interest you in…” (another fill in the blank);
- Someone saying, “The repair will only cost….” (and still one more fill in the blank);
- The Health Department sign on the outside of a restaurant with the big letter B on it (run!);
- It’s three in the morning and you’re on the freeway headed for Gila Bend, AZ (I’m kidding – no one goes to Gila Bend). According to Wikipedia: Gila Bend was “founded in 1872, in Maricopa County, Arizona, US. The town is named for an approximately 90-degree bend in the Gila River, which is close to but not precisely at the community’s current location.” When a town is named after a bend in a river that is just close to it, well, that kinda says it all;
- A headache (what, you thought a headache was good luck? Okay, maybe if you were going to work and a headache made you stop for Tylenol, Advil, aspirin or a huge cup of 7/11 coffee and because of that you missed a monstrous traffic accident that would have made you late. Fine. But other than something like that, a headache is definitely bad luck);
- Answering the phone and the person on the other end mispronounces your name (unless it’s my last name – no one can pronounce it – not even cousins). Ninety-nine percent of the time when that happens it’s a telephone solicitation thing. Someone wants to sell you something, wants you to donate something, someone wants something;
- A knock on the front door by a young person wearing a tie;
- Waking up in the morning after a horrible storm and the carpet is soaked (or waking up in the morning next to your big dog and…the carpet is soaked);
- You wake up, drool on the pillow, your phone is on your chest and it’s out of power – never a good sign;
There are more examples of bad luck of course; everything is an example of bad luck; it’s all in how you read it. So: How do you read life?
There was a comedian from the South – Minnie Pearl – who would, on seeing someone she knew, holler out, “howdee!” While I’m not going to do something like that, let me say that it’s nice to be back.
I took quite a long break from this site letting other work – and life – get in the way. Shame on me. I’ll try to not let it happen again. Well, I’ll try.
So are you ready to celebrate (or try to avoid) the holidays? Coming at us full tilt are Christmas Eve, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, New Year’s Eve and New Years Day. There are many more days of celebration or remembrance in December but I’ll stick with the ones that seem to generate the most activity. Or shopping.
So for the next few weeks we’ll be talking holidays, social media (and other fun things), and gearing up for 2017. I have a hunch there will be much to write about (yes, that is a wild example of understatement, thank you very much).
“Fleischmann has nonverbal autism and never said a word until at the age of 11 when she shocked her family by typing the words “hurt” and “help” on a computer. This breakthrough encouraged them to help Fleischmann improve her communication skills through the written word. She’d eventually become a successful blogger and author. Now, she’s the host of a new talk show and just landed her first major guest, Channing Tatum” (Good Worldwide)