Wednesday, December 27, 2006


I hope you all had a Merry Christmas/Happy Holiday time. Santa was very good to me, but it has been hectic over on this end... the whole pre-Christmas shopping & wrapping frenzy & whatnot.

I could whine until the cows come home about being sick on Christmas day, having all my expensive soaps ruined by a leaky pipe below the bathroom sink, catching conjunctivitis from my little brother (who I am still happy to see, regardless), not having the health insurance necessary to cover a doctor's visit to treat said issues, and finding out that whoever has been rifling through my belongings in the basement had also trampled 3/4 of my wrapping supplies... but even in light of all of this, I am still quite blessed compared to some of the folk I see walking the streets of my town every day, and they in turn are far more blessed than some of the unfortunate people in overseas locations whom I read about in the news every day. Wrapping supplies can be replaced cheaply, my illness and conjunctivitis are already clearing up with the aid of some home remedies, and I have had excellent health for almost a decade... a lot of those who are less fortunate have problems of a much more permanent and severe nature. I don't live in a war-torn region of the world (although that could easily change if the current administration doesn't pull it's head out of it's rear end). I don't have to defend my household & family from inner-city criminals. I don't have any dietary deficiencies or diseases due to bad living conditions. Really people, a lot of us spit about being cut off in traffic, getting bad coffee at the drive-through, or having to put up with some annoying character in line at the supermarket, but these issues are trivial in the grand scheme of things.

I am contemplating whether or not to make a New Year's resolution this year. I kept last year's resolutions well enough, but I am already changing so much of my life that I don't know if there is anything else that I need to pile onto it. Perhaps it should be this: that I focus more on being compassionate and appreciating what I have been given and how I can help others to see the same blessings in their own lives.


Steve S said...

That's a beautiful post. I am thankful for all that I have, yet I do complain about my lack of insurance and the nightmare that creates in this household. I realize that people in other countries don't have the healthcare we do, but it is frustrating that we have it but can't use it! There's not much difference in that regard. Other than that, we truly are blessed in these times.

I hope you have a great new year! May peace and serenity always be at your feet.

Shelby said...

dude, what's the deal with pink eye going around? Seems like everyone has had it lately. I firmly believe that when the weather doesn't get cold in the fall/ early winter like it's supposed to, lots of germs don't get killed off and are able to run rampant. That's just me being a conspiracy theorist, though...;)

Also - to remedy people going through your stuff in the basement: some well-placed pre-set mouse traps should do the trick. You don't even have to bait them. Just get the really snappy old fashioned kind, set them, and wait to see who you hear howling in pain from the basement. Ugh....I'm evil...*giggles*

Peterson Toscano said...

I love the way you think.

Now as to New Year's resolutions, I have found that listing goals in particular categories works much better for me. I have financial goals, personal goals, professional goals, etc. More importantly I list the people who mean a great deal to me who I choose to spend time with, nuture and love well in the New Year.

Happy Happy

nonsequitur said...

Steve, thank you very much, and may your year be peaceful & productive as well.

Shelby, I do agree and I have noticed that when winters are like this (intermittent warm and cold spells with very little or no snow at all) there is a definite increase in the amount of bugs traveling around in this area. I like the mousetrap idea, now do they make them larger, as in big enough to snap an entire person??? J/K :)

Peterson, thank you very much, and may you have a happy New Year too! :)