Each payday my husband writes a quote on a dollar bill and pins it to a bulletin board in the office of one of his co-workers. I’m not sure how this began, but I think it started because of a conversation about salaries. You know the kind where someone says, “If I had your money, I’d burn mine.” Half joking, half serious, as if to say, “Aw come on, we both know you make more money than me, but who cares, let’s go to lunch together anyway, your treat.”
Last night when my husband asked me for a quote for his quasi-motivational fun time exercise, I thought of a plaque I saw hanging in my friend Susan’s garden that reads:
My husband said, “Wouldn’t it be better to use that quote closer to Thanksgiving.” To which I responded, “Uh, no! What do you think always, always, always, means? Thanksgiving isn’t the only time to be thankful.”
Now, I don’t go in for platitudes. Motivationally speaking, I am not inclined toward admiration for people who say things like, “Look on the bright side, getting old beats the alternative, right?” My automatic mental response to those types of remarks is, “Uh, no!” I’m not skilled at accepting nonsense. Nor do I want to be told how to feel, think or respond to it. If I want to be pissed off, I will. Until I’m not anymore.
But if I’m honest with myself, I have to agree that there is power in positive thinking. I also have to agree that an attitude of gratitude, while great in theory, isn’t our natural first choice. I guess that’s why we have to be reminded. Here’s a TED talk that summed it up for me today.
I’m grateful for the encouragers, as well as the provocateurs who help me remember that whether it’s other humans or bodily functions that are the damn nuisance, there are lots of OMG moments for which to be thankful. Always.