Current mood: Highly caffeinated zombie. The heat wave going on in San Diego right now is pretty bad, but the complaining is far worse to me. I’m doing my best just to roll with it, but I’ll admit that it kind of feels like my brain is on a slow simmer. Despite my best efforts to remain cool and hydrated, It’s becoming increasingly difficult to form coherent thoughts. I’ll apologize now to anyone who has received, or may receive a rambling email from me this week, and to all of you if this post winds up making zero sense.
Seeing as it’s 9/11, an obviously sensitive day to all Americans, my grateful thoughts are mainly of the “thank god I’m alive” nature. Scrolling through my Facebook feed this morning and reading touching stories of those who were directly affected by this tragic day makes me even more grateful for my current situation, heat wave and all.
Super sweaty? I’m thinking of it as “detoxifying”.
Dogs driving you crazy because they haven’t been on a walk in a week? I’ll call it, “family bonding”
Can’t sleep because you have no AC and it’s 95 degrees in your house all night long? More time to tackle that to-do list!
See how easy gratitude can be if you just change your perspective a little? It’s hot people. We’re not dying. We’re not being flown into a building by terrorists. Heck, most of us aren’t even sick, we’re just mildly uncomfortable for a few days. Discomfort I can deal with.
This weekend, whenever you find yourself feeling irritable or angry, please take a pause and reverse your thoughts. Try a new perspective. It can only be better than the place you’re starting from. For those of you sweating in SoCal with me, when the moment strikes where you think you can’t possibly be any hotter, go outside and take a look at the sunset and remember how lucky we are to be alive in such a beautiful place.
Heat waves make for the most spectacular sunsets. There’s always an upside.
“Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are.” -Marianne Williamson