The Conversation

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They were the perfect seats in the room. I was right in the middle of the second row. I could easily see the stage and hear the speaker. This was going to be an amazing presentation. I had the perfect seat. That is until I had to use the bathroom.

Is the glass half empty or half full? ” asked the speaker.

That’s when the trouble started for me.

“Who cares? I just need to use the bathroom,” said my body.

“Be quiet, body.  I paid good money for this conference. I’m not going anywhere,” said my brain.

“Let’s all be more positive, ” said the speaker.”

“I’m positive I have to go to the bathroom right now, ” screamed my body.

“Just cross your legs. You’ll be fine. Besides, you are on the second row. Do you really want to walk all the way to the back of the room in front of all these people?  People will stare at you,  “said my brain.

And so the conversation went on between my head and my body for the next five minutes. I wish I could tell you what the speaker was saying. I don’t remember.

Who won?

I think you know. Sometimes it really doesn’t matter if the glass is half empty or half full.

 

 

 

 

 

If you want to save the world, go eat a taco.

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I was eating a taco today and I started thinking about all the problems that are facing the world. I really would like the world to be a better place. It’s just easy to get discouraged when you realize that no matter who gets elected there are still going to be a lot of messes and problems.

I sat there eating my taco and feeling discouraged ,and then I had this thought. If you want to change the world, start with yourself. Start with the seven deadly sins. It was really a profound thought. It was so profound that I wrote a letter to the entire world all about my thought.

Dear World (or at least the 40 people who read my blog),

There are seven deadly sins. These sins are greed, pride, lust, gluttony, envy, wrath and sloth.  They are called deadly because they are the sins that encourage other sins. Most people have heard of the deadly sins, but did you know there are also seven heavenly virtues. The interesting thing is that each virtue is the opposite of the sin. It’s like a road map for making the world a better place.  So, we just need to encourage  prudence, justice, temperance, fortitude, faith, hope and charity and the world’s problems will all be solved. Sounds easy, right?

Take a minute to close your eyes and imagine with me a nice little world that strives to have those seven virtues.

Our national debt problem is now solved.  There would be enough food for all of the people on Earth. Prudence is the careful management of resources and the ability to use reason and thinking to solve problems.  People would have what they need and not envy or lust after other people’s stuff. Crime would go down. Hate crimes would go down. Violence would be non-existent. We could disagree with each other about religion, politics and everything else without calling each other names.  Wars. Nope, we’d have too much charity for our fellow human beings to bomb them. We might still have disagreements, because we’re human people with faults. If that happened, we would just sit down at the same table and through moderation in action and thought  figure things out. After all, moderation in action, thought and feeling is the definition of temperance.  The courts would never throw the wrong person in jail, because everything would be just. Global warming. That would be solved too, because we’d be wise with our resources. Life might still be challenging at times, but we’d all have the mental strength and courage to help us to face fears until things are resolved. That’s called fortitude and we’re going to need it in buckets if we want to create a brighter future. On days, we weren’t 100% it would be okay, because people would be kind to us.  In this perfect little world, we’d have faith and hope in each other, in God and in the belief that there really is room in the beautiful world for us all to live peacefully with each other.

Thanks for listening, World.

Love, Amee

It all made perfect sense while I was eating my taco today. I thought about eating a second taco to see if I had any other thoughts, but that might be considered gluttony.

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Hold Please

I had to call the bank this week. They put me on hold. The longer I waited the more frustrated I got. There are only so many times I can hear this.”Your call is very important to us. Hold please.” If my call was truly important, they would pick up sooner. I was on hold for a long time so I tried to stay busy. I got annoyed with the bank, put a load of laundry in the wash, clipped my fingernails, got annoyed with the bank again and finally decided that there had to be some hidden gem in this whole experience. I couldn’t think of any gems of great wisdom. There is no value in being stuck on hold with the bank for fifteen minutes.

This morning I found one. It’s easy to put yourself on hold. I’ll work on this goal later. Later. Next Month. Next Year. Later can easily become Never.

Take yourself off hold and start living your life!

 

 

Life Lesson

Hair

I have curly hair which means that I’ve had a lot of bad hair days over the years. Recently, I’ve had more good hair days than bad days. Let me tell you my story. One day, I saw a woman at the grocery store with beautiful curly hair. I followed her for ten minutes from isle to isle until I got up enough courage to ask who did her hair. I walked away with a phone number for a fancy salon.  When I called to set an appointment, a woman with a  European accent answered the phone. “We are running a special for new customers. It is only $100”. I’m the type of girl who clips coupons  so the price seemed absolutely scandalous. I was even more shocked when the receptionist told me that in this salon your hair will be cleansed and cut by a true hair artist, but all the styling is done by the patron. “What”, I cried. “I’m paying a $100 to do my own hair”. “It is part of our philosophy”, said the receptionist. “How will you do it at home if we style it?”

My appointment took three hours at the salon. Apparently, my hair artist had to spend longer with me than the typical client, because the receptionist kept coming in to let the artist know her next appointment was here. In the end, it was the best $100 I’ve ever spent. I have been much happier with my hair and I’ve learned two life lessons.

Lesson one: When you see people who have what you want, ask them how they got it.

Lesson two: It is okay to spend $100 on yourself.

Deadline

About two weeks ago, my  hubby discovered that we could watch all the Star Trek episodes ever created on the internet for free. We signed up for one of those 30 days free  internet streaming specials. We are determined to only do 30 days and not get stuck paying $20 a month.  We kind of joked that my next challenge would be watching science-fiction. Although it sounds very enjoyable to do nothing but watch Star Trek for the next 13 days, I have a day job and a life full of other obligations. We are enjoying watching one or two episodes a day though.

Positive Thinking

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Today I went to a holistic health care conference with a friend. We had a good time looking at the vender booths and going to the different workshops. I attended a workshop about the power of positive, happy thoughts. The speaker told everyone that they could improve their health and make more money by changing their thinking. I agree with the health part, but I was a bit skeptical about the money. After the presentation, I went to the bathroom. While I was  sitting there doing my business, a quarter came rolling in from another stall. I was pretty excited and cried out loud. “It works.  Happy thoughts. Happy thoughts”.

Boxes are not just for little kids

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We got a package in the mail.  Boxes are not just fun for little kids. I just had to know how much of me would fit inside of it.  After the picture was taken, I started thinking. How many times have I put myself in a box?  How many times have I told myself that I couldn’t do something or say something or be something based on the box around me? Whose box is it anyway? Have I ever stopped myself from being healthy based on my thoughts and feelings? The box really got me thinking about my thinking.  For my next 13 day challenge, I’m going to make a concentrated effort to analyze my  thoughts related to my physical and emotional health. Here is the plan. I’m carrying a little notebook around with me. If I catch myself saying anything negative about my body, mind or path in life,  I’m writing it down. I will then try to rephrase the negative thought with something more positive.

The Practical Reason

I read somewhere that the average human has 50,000 thoughts per day. If I can make some of those little  thoughts more happy and positive, I’m sure it will help with my physical and emotional health.

The Philosophy Reason

“Thinking is the talking of the soul with itself”–Plato

You can’t get more philosophical than Plato.