November 12th, 2008

In Perspective

Yesterday was not one of the best days of my life.

Rain drops keep falling on my head, but that doesn\'t mean my eyes will soon be turning red

I woke up late for an appointment. Got caught in the rain.
Fell smack on my butt. In the middle of a large crowd of kids. Twice.
Had to wait in line at two different queues for a total of 2 and a half hours.
I was so hungry all the while because the only thing I had eaten the whole day was a piece of bread.

By the time all that ended all I wanted was a nice, comforting plate of creamy pasta.

Went to the supermarket. Got a good deal on two packs of spaghetti and some sauces. Was feeling chuffed as I went back home. Got home and realised that I had left one of my shopping bags at the cashier’s counter. The one with all the ingredients I needed to cook my dinner.

Took 35 minutes to get to and back home from the supermarket. No longer in the mood to cook. Ended up having two burnt bagels for dinner (I set the oven timer 5 minutes too long).

At night I got news that one of my relatives is now jobless. The one I thought was in a secure, cushy position.

Then my brother called to say that his company is axing nearly a thousand workers next week. He said he’s losing sleep and hair over the news and asked whether I could recommend….. a shampoo to slow down hair loss. :o

Jobs can be replaced but hair loss is irreversible, he reasoned. That’s someone who got his priorities sorted out, though not in a typical order, I thought.

Yesterday was not one of the best days of my life. But it could have been worse. And for that, I’m thankful.

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Keeping things in perspective seems to be important in any situation. Your brother's got a really good grasp on things--focus on the things he can do something about and accept the things beyond his control as best he can. Sounds a bit like the Alcoholics Anonymous motto, doesn't it? Interestingly we live in a world where more and more things seem within our power to control. There was a time when hair loss would have been not only irreversible but inevitable. Shampoos can slow it down and, by the way, there is such a thing as hair replacement therapy. Although if your brother's looked into the side effects of hair replacement, or even the costs, he may have decided to accept the loss gracefully. I hope he doesn't lose his job, but, if he does, I hope he accepts that just as gracefully...and finds a new one soon. And I hope the same for your now jobless relative.
Christopher Waldrop  at 9:35 am on November 12, 2008
I know your pain. I finally got to the library to return the books and left one in the car so I went back. Then I got home and saw that I had one left in the car and went back again and swear to God, got home and my daughter said "what about this one?" and yup, she had another library book and back we went AGAIN.
Jessica Bern  at 2:24 am on November 13, 2008
keep writing, i love your blog! :D *hugs*
wiwien  at 1:01 am on November 14, 2008
let's just all be thankful for what we have and hope that all these will come to pass.
ria c  at 11:59 pm on November 20, 2008

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