Thursday, November 25, 2010

Just a handful of things that I'm thankful for

  • Language. For example, saying "Just a handful of things for which I am thankful" keeps poking me in the brain but let's be casual today. I love being obsessed over language and how humans communicate. It's a hobby.
  • Laughter. It is such a pick me up. I even read "Laughter, the best medicine" in Reader's Digests as a kid and I believed it. A smile works, too. When something makes you genuinely smile your whole perspective on things can drastically change for at least those couple of seconds.
  • Google Reader. "Information overload" comes to mind sometimes but my Google Reader at least helps me to organize that overload! I am more up-to-date on current events and innovations than I have ever been and I like that. Oh, also, it's brought me back to College Humor. It's been years!
  • Exercise. Ok, I'm no Ms. Universe but I'm glad that I've gotten used to and drawn to working out and such. Oh, 2010, the year of kickball, 5Ks and Zumba.
  • Tools. Humans use tools. Tools don't use themselves. Use tools responsibly and don't blame the tool! Tools that I have been thankful for: spatulas, Twitter, scouring pads, garage door opener...
  • Friends. And new friends and acquaintances. There are some super nice people around these parts! Socializing is so different now than it was in the universe of school, whether K-12 or college. I have my close group of friends but also enjoy spending time with the people I meet through work, events, other people, etc.
  • Distance and time. So, want me to call you? I can use Skype, my cell phone, call you on Gmail. I can text you, send you an email, send you a Facebook message. I'll write on your wall, post a comment, DM you on Twitter or send a reply. I'm coming to you from all angles. But, let me stop. Take a breath and rest those thumbs. Sometimes I want to stop living life and telling you about it at the same time. But, only sometimes. :) Distance and time just may make the heart grow fonder.
  • Not worrying. Like right now. I could be worrying that I haven't thought of all the thingsI'm thankful for. I could worry that the things I'm thankful for aren't deep enough or that I don't have a good balance between tangible and intangible things I'm thankful for.
At the end of the day--which would be the start of the *agh!* holiday season--I am thankful that people take the time to think about what they are grateful for. Whether for a few seconds in their minds, at the Thanksgiving dinner table, or in a blog post, thinking of what one is thankful for is a meme I can live with.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Unconditional love and the love you choose

I heard an essay on The Bob Edwards Show today and loved it. It is entitled The Love I Choose and you can read the transcript and listen to the audio of her essay. It's from the This I Believe group of essays which is based on the 1950s radio program of the same name hosted by Edward R. Murrow. The woman, Jessica Mercer Zerr, describes her love for her husband; it's a love that is different than, as she explains, the love for her daughter.
Random fact 1: Murrow Blvd. in Greensboro is named after Edward R. Murrow. 
Random fact 2: Murrow is portrayed in Good Night, and Good Luck (2005)