Celebrating your inconveniences?
She said it so matter-of-fact—“We just have to celebrate our inconveniences.” I quickly made a mental note for future reference. Backing up a bit, I was visiting with a friend for a moment before starting our “creek walk” as we call it. Another walker came down the path and expressed delight with the decorative ruffles on my friend’s crutches. The walker shared how she fashioned the cast on her arm for Easter using bright paint and artificial flowers. So creative and positive!
“One of life’s best coping mechanisms is to know the difference between incoonvenience and a problem,” said Robert Fulghum, author of Everything I Learned in Kindergarten. “If you break your neck, if you have nothing to eat, if your house is on fire, then you’ve got a problem. Everything else is an inconvenience. Life is inconvenient. Lofe is lumpy. A lump in the oatmeal, a lump in the throat and a lump in the breast are not the same kind of lump. One needs to learn the difference. ” Good advice I’d say.
Daniel Boone said he was “…happy in the midst of dangers and inconveniences.” One way I think we can be happier with “life’s hiccups” is to vent them in humorous ways with others. Isn’t that what comedians do? Their routines show us how we can be light-hearted about frustrations and disappointments rather than dwell negatively on them.
During a visit with a few ladies at Restaurant 19, one of them told about seeing a pink light in the freezer late at night. She had us laughing with her at the thought of whether it was gremlins or that maybe she was “seeing things” because of the glass of wine she was refreshing. She rolled with the $99.99 service call charge even though she was told that it was normal for a pink light to periodically appear. Some might have reacted in anger at the fee especially with the added cost of eating out for a week (she had unplugged the refrigerator) until the day of the appointment. To her, the story alone was worth it.
In laughter yoga, we practice laughing at “life’s little challenges” which is good to keep in mind each day. Also, I gained inspiration from the words and actions of a memorable speaker and performer who ended her program with “Don’t sweat the small stuff because it’s all small stuff.” Only then did she reveal that her husband was waiting in the wings with a wheelchair because of MS. To her, even that condition was “small stuff.” Thank you, Rosie Perez, for walking your talk.