Love where you live!
LA MESA -- As 2013 comes to a sunny close, I'd like to do something I did a long time ago. I once made a list of the things I had not done, things I had failed to accomplish during the year. It made sense to me to do it, because I read so many lists of things that other people had achieved, and while in no means thinking I had been a failure for the year--1980 something--I thought it might be good to remind myself that there were still things left to strive for in the year to come. So once again, thirty years later or so, here is my list of things I didn't accomplish this year:
1. I didn't say "I appreciate you" enough.
2. I didn't resist (hard enough) reading articles, opinion pieces and comments on the Internet that I knew were going to get my blood boiling.
3. I was unable to resist midnight trips to the kitchen if I knew there were still Nacho Flavored Doritos there.
4. I failed to change my order at Starbucks from a grande in a vente to a tall in a grande cup, even though I never finish my beverage. Ever.
5. I was completely incapable of wanting to lick the board the BO-beau brussels sprouts come on.
6. In the same vein, I had a really difficult time sharing them evenly, thus both eating them off my own portion on my plate as well as sneaking them off the board while no one was looking. ("Look! Over there!! Isn't that ...??")
7. I didn't walk as many steps per day as I did in 2012.
8. Even though I tried, I did not ever say no to the pasta salad on the side at the Trolley Stop Deli.
9. I did not even try, not in the slightest, to say no to another piece or two of Fiesta ware.
And number 10, the last thing I didn't do is this: I didn't forget to pay attention to how wonderful it is to be alive, to have friends to spar with, to disagree with, and to laugh with, to comfort and be comforted by. I didn't neglect, not for a moment, being grateful for my family who loves me unconditionally and whom I adore. I didn't ever find myself not counting my blessings at the end of the day, blessings that include, but are not limited to, living in the greatest little town on earth, La Mesa, California.
Happy New Year one and ALL. Here's to a year where no tears fall, unless they're tears of gladness.