Kickstarting Monday

Image: Patrick Fore via Unsplash

Image: Patrick Fore via Unsplash

For most Americans, this is a short week.

Maybe I should say for many Americans this is a short week.

Those of us with 9-5 jobs most likely have off Thursday and Friday, or we take a little extra vacation time to make it so.

But those who work in service industries, or retail, or food service will be working to make us all happy as we over eat and spend money we don’t have to buy things we don’t need.

Kudos to those retailers who are closed on Thursday. And a special shout out to those closed on Black Friday.

I want lots of things. But I neither want nor need anything that will make me go shopping on Black Friday.

Been there. Done that. Bought the Nintendo 64 at 3:00 a.m.

But thanks also to those employees of Starbucks and Scheetz that will help my family make the trek over the river and through the woods. Or, as the case may be, across the Interstate.

I’ll only be working Monday and Tuesday of this week. Don’t be jealous, I still have five days worth of work to do.

And somewhere in there I have to see about taking care of a tooth that is about to explode.

Otherwise I’ll be partaking in the Dental Diet this week because it’s getting to the point that it hurts to eat.

Every cloud has a silver filling.

Let’s not belabor the point, but if you’ve seen Little Shop of Horrors the dentist scenes were based on my childhood.

Ironically, my regular checkup is scheduled in about a month. It’s like that time that my son’s phone died a month before he was scheduled for an upgrade and I had to spend an hour on the phone screaming at the managerette at Verizon to get him the phone he needed.

Hypothetically speaking. Of course.

For the record, I have no intentions of screaming at my dentist. However, begging is not out of the question.

I’m coming off of a very busy weekend. These days I’m always coming off of a very busy weekend.

No, the leaves weren’t touched. Well, except by the wind and the rain. Certainly not by me or the offspring.

My weekend included rehearsals, an audition, writing and, of course, the murder mystery that I produced and directed at CAT Theatre.

In the end it was more of a co-direction because I had an amazing team of partners working with me.

It was an awesome event, and one likely to be repeated.

Sorry you missed it.

For me, it was also bittersweet. It represented my last official project as a member of the Board of Directors for the theatre. Don’t get me wrong, I still plan to be involved on various projects. But it came to a point where I could simply no longer keep up with the list of responsibilities for running the PR and marketing for the theatre.

Long time readers know I often talk about being over-committed, and that recently I’ve been working to remedy that. This is one of the steps.

As much as I’d like to think I could do everything, I can’t. So, we have to pick and choose. More often than not, the choices are hard.

I’m having to make choices between theatre and writing projects. I want to do both, but I have to keep that darned survival job, which makes it difficult.

So. Choices.

Enough said.

I want to choose to be thankful this week.

I have a lot. I’m very blessed.

Sure, I have a lot of crap I have to deal with. And it’s all perspective. Regardless of where we are in life, we’ve all got struggles and challenges we’re dealing with. Some we bring upon ourselves.

But, if you can read this and not have to worry about where lunch is coming from, or how you’re getting home tonight, or whether or not someone is pointing a gun at your head because of your faith, then you’re pretty blessed as well.

Perspective.

Choose to be thankful because, trials or not, we’re in pretty good shape.

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