Not that it’s a resolution, but I have come to the conclusion I have got to find a balance to my aggravating days and really great days. You know the routine:
“How’d your day go, dear?”
“Are you kidding? The stoplight skipped a cycle and I’m hanging out waiting for-ever, and when I finally get to the light it changes! That’s before I even got to work. I dropped my keys in a puddle, I forgot about a meeting, the boss came by for an unexpected chat and I was updating my blog, which was on my break, but his frown didn’t register that information…yada yada.”
It’s soooo easy to just grrumble.
Then again, I’m working on bettering my PollyAnna side of life, where all is rose petals and never a thorn.
I’ve decided to balance a great for every grripe.
Here is my ongoing Grrs and Greats list:
GRRS and GREATS
GRR: food packages that require Herculean effort to pull apart
GREAT: handy “tear here” bags that seal with a zip
GRR: forgetful servers on a tight lunch break
GREAT: a server who remembers I like lemon with my water
GRR: unexpectedly meeting someone and drawing a blank for their name
GREAT: not only remembering the person’s name but remembering
pertinent details like their kid’s name and their college major
GRR: a book that has been on hold FoREveR, only to be a dud
GREAT: grabbing that last minute read while in the checkout line and it is FABulouS!
GRR: a DVD with only previews for the special features
GREAT: an entire dedicated disc of special features WITH a bloopers reel
GRR: forgetting to do the laundry-again which means the shirt I really wanted to wear is buried deep in the laundry hamper
GREAT: finding all aspects of desired wardrobe essentials because I actually washed, dried, folded on Saturday.
GRR: the store drop-listed a favorite brand
GREAT: it’s on the shelf again and on sale!
GRR: hanging out in waiting room limbo for more than a half hour
GREAT: wait time of ten minutes or at least new magazines to peruse
GRR: forgetting to pay a bill and getting punched with a hefty late fine
GREAT: getting a refund for overpayment, or a rebate, or a gift for being such a valued customer
GRR: the school district decides to close school and it’s important test day
GREAT:the school district decides to close school and it’s important test day [a matter of perspective]
GRR: someone with 30 items in the 15 or fewer line
GREAT: the person who says, “Go ahead, you’ve only got a couple of things.”
GRR: getting gas and up the street it’s going for 20 cents less a gallon
GREAT: a full tank prior to a gas hike
GRR: saving up and buying that gotta have item only to find it on sale a week later
GREAT: finding that fabulous item on clearance, saving mungo bucks
GRR: the long dark days of winter
GREAT: hmm, I’m still trying to find something really great about the long days of winter
Balance is indeed important. And while I’m still working on figuring out how to embrace those tedious winter days, I’m hoping you have come up with a couple of GRRS and GREATS of your own. Eli of Coach Daddy originally posted this list as one of his guest spots, and since I’m still adding on my grrs and greats I felt it was a post repeating or is that a grr: posts that are reruns, then again they could be grreats: that post was really terrific to read even the second time around.
Feel free to share your own grr and grreat.
And for those who missed my usual POM slot (poem of the month–stay tuned, since next month is National Poetry Month and I have a poem for every day of April!)